Tooth extraction can actually be a fairly quick and easy process:
Step 1: You’ll receive a local anesthetic to numb your mouth, so you don’t experience any discomfort during the procedure. If your tooth is impacted—or you’re having several teeth removed—you may also receive a general anesthetic to make you sleep during the procedure.
Step 2: Once you’re anesthetized, your tooth will be pulled. Gauze will be placed into the empty socket and you will need to bite down to stop bleeding or in some cases, we might use stitches to close the gum up.
That’s it! After we’ve performed the extraction and stopped the bleeding, you’ll be ready to head home.
How Long Does a Tooth Extraction Take?
If you’re just having one tooth extracted, the entire process can be completed in 20-40 minutes. However, if you’re having multiple teeth extracted, expect to spend a little more time in our office. Each additional tooth will take another 3-15 minutes of appointment time, depending on its location.
Will I Experience Pain During the Extraction?
No. Because the nerve fibers that transmit pain signals will be anesthetized, you won’t experience pain. You will, however, experience the sensation of pressure. At times, you may even experience a lot of pressure.
Although this feeling of pressure shouldn’t cause you to feel discomfort, we mention it here because the more you know exactly what you can expect, the easier it will be for you to feel relaxed during the procedure.
Is There Anything Else I Should Know About Having an Extraction?
Yes, you should be aware that you will hear loud noises during the procedure. Many patients find this to be the most unpleasant part of the process. If you have headphones, we suggest bringing them with you, so you can listen to music while your tooth is being extracted.
What If I Need an Emergency Extraction?
Most patients who require emergency extractions head straight to the ER. However, hospitals will usually just give patients pain medication and refer them back to their dentist, because they’re not equipped for that kind of work.
Many dentists, in turn, have to refer patients who need emergency extractions to an oral surgeon.