Whether it’s an emergency tooth extraction or a more routine procedure, we focus on minimizing discomfort throughout the process. We start by administering an anesthetic — usually a local anesthetic, but sometimes general anesthetic for more complicated extractions. Then we extract the teeth and in most cases apply stitches to help with healing. We will also apply gauze to the extraction site and have you bite down it, allowing a blood clot to form. You’ll need to leave the gauze in place for a few hours after the procedure.