Before starting the extraction, the surgeon will take an X-ray of the person’s tooth. This imaging will help them evaluate the curvature and angle of the tooth’s root.
Once the local anesthetic has numbed the area, the surgeon will begin the extraction. They may remove the tooth in several pieces.
If the tooth is concealed beneath gum tissue or bone, the doctor may need to cut away the gum or remove the obstructing area of bone.
A person should not feel pain, but they can expect to feel pressure against the tooth. They may also hear grinding and cracking of bone or teeth. Some people find the experience unpleasant and distressing.
If a person does feel any pain, they should notify their dentist or oral surgeon immediately. The doctor will administer more numbing agent.
After the extraction, stitches or additional procedures to control the bleeding may be necessary. The dentist or surgeon will place a thick layer of gauze over the extraction site and have the person bite on it to absorb the blood and start the clotting process.