A painful tooth can wreck your everyday activities and sometimes extraction treatment is the only available solution. The minor surgical process is carried out by the dentist and may require a few hours of hospitalization. There are several causes that lead to the same. It could be rotten teeth, which is affected with too many cavities or even loose gums or periodontal diseases, which lead to bleeding and loss of teeth. Though several modes of treatment are implemented, extraction is perhaps the only solution if none of them work. Dental extraction procedures may take as less as 30 minutes or can go up to a couple of hours or more depending on the condition of the tooth. A local anesthesia is given prior to the procedure. In some cases a general anesthesia may also be given to ease other associated pains. Slight bleeding is also common post the procedure and the dentist may ask you to wait a few hours in the hospital or rest at the clinic to ensure that everything has gone well. Also, in case of multiple extractions, the time taken can be longer. After the tooth is extracted, you will notice a drastic difference in your eating habits. With the painful tooth gone, you would be able to resume normal habits within a few days of the surgery. In case your tooth was infected, it will prevent the spreading of the infection to other parts.