Tooth extractions are often required if there is no way to preserve the tooth. You will receive a local anesthetic, which numbs the area around your tooth so you’ll only be able to feel pressure and not pain during this procedure.
The dentist then uses instruments called “elevators” or mallets to lift the tooth out of the jaw. Then, your dentist will clean and suture the gum line closed. It can take up to six weeks to heal, and it is important to eat only soft foods and to refrain from smoking or using a straw to avoid a dry socket, which is a very painful condition that can cause pulled stitches and severe pain, as well as increasing the risk of infection. Always follow the instructions of your dentist for proper care after tooth extraction.