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How painful are dental extraction?

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Dr. Joseph Kim
Dentistry 26 years experience
Toothache is worse: If a badly damaged tooth is considered non-restorable (by the dentist) then, by all means, remove the tooth via extraction before the pain becomes unbearable. If you're waiting for that to happen before you decide- give it time- because it will! all board certified dentists are highly trained to anesthetize your mouth prior to a surgical procedure. Trust their skill over your luck, any day!
Dr. Charles Lockhart
Dentistry 9 years experience
Minimal: With all the adjuncts such as dental anesthesia, nitrous oxide, pain medications, general anesthesia,and atraumatic technique, extraction of a tooth is much less painful than ever.
Dr. Earl Sandroff
Dentistry 43 years experience
Shouldn't be bad: If you are properly and completly NUMB before getting any dental work...you shouldn't feel a thing. If you are feeling pain and not just pressure then tell the doctor and they'll give you more anesthetic. Pain AFTER the numbing wears off could be something but usually they will give you a prescription for pain meds if need be. If you choose not to be numbed up...GOOD LUCK.
Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 41 years experience
Depends: Much depends on the seriousness of the infection if there is one.This is related to the ability to achieve complete anesthesia.Today, in the hands of an Oral Surgeon,the only discomfort you should have is the numbing before the extraction. You may even desire conscious sedation. The extraction itself is typically painless. Follow the post-op instructions, and the recovery is unremarkable.Good Luck

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