Pain tolerance differs from person to person, and I can only speak on behalf of my personal experience.
Just some background info: I recently got braces a couple of days ago. A wire was only placed on my bottom teeth and before proceeding with the wires on the top teeth, my orthodontist highly suggested I have 2 upper and 2 lower pre molar extractions (the teeth beside the canines).
I have a lot of over crowding and my jaw is not proportionate to my facial structure.
I really had no other option but to extract the 4 teeth, or I was not able to proceed with the rest 2 years of my orthodontic path.
The day of my extractions: As a very anxious person who suffers from anxiety, I was shaking like crazy. I couldn’t walk straight and I felt I was about to faint before I even sat into the dentist chair.
I was taken to a small dentists room waiting nervously. My palms were sweating and I tried my best to focus on my breathing.
Even being grown, I was still scared shitless. I tried thinking about all the young children who had this procedure done and how great the end result of this would be. It would be worth it.
Finally the dentist comes in and my heart rate goes up because I know exactly what’s about to come. After saying a nervous bye to my mom, I was alone. My dentist gave me shots with a needle 2 times in the gums of each pre molar, with a total of 8 needle shots. This was just to numb my mouth and it was painless, by far the easiest part of the whole process.
Usually a dentist would leave his patient for a couple of minutes so the numbing/ freezing would come into action but, my dentist proceeded with the extractions right away.
I’m not going to lie, it was one of the most painful sensations I had ever felt. Although I was numb, i was not unconscious and could still feel everything.
In general, out of 4 extractions, only one top pre molar was the most excruciating and painful. The whole extraction process only took about 15 mins but felt like hours.
the after math of the extractions was honestly the worst part. I couldnt talk or feel my face at all which made me really worried. I was crying out of frustration and fear of how much blood I was losing. It honestly felt like a couple of gallons of blood (sorry, tmi).
The 2 hour car ride was absolutely horrific. I was dripping blood everywhere but I couldn’t feel it because my face was numb. My sister had to tell me when I was bleeding and kept giving me new gauze to bite down on, which I was thankful for. The worst part was the gauze would be full of blood within a 5 minute period and I would have to replace them over and over for 2 hours.
Blood was dripping on my clothes and all over the car. It was almost impossible to stop it.
after I got home it was just a cycle of rinsing my mouth every five minutes and using ice packs on my numb jaw.
by night time (8 hours post extractions), I was perfectly fine and was able to drink meal replacement shakes.
if your reading this and are scared of any pain, just know everything is temporary. The pain only occurs for a couple of seconds. Keep calm and don’t worry about any discomfort.
TIPS: bring tissues with you (a lot), dont brush your teeth during those 24 hours after the extractions, make sure your dentist prescribes you medicine for the pain after the extractions (usually naproxen), stick to a cold food diet for 2–3 days, STAY AWAY from hot foods as they can cause inflammation and infections, and just know the bleeding will eventually subside so don’t be worried for the excess amounts of blood.
Sorry this was really long but hope this helped any clueless peeps out there, Best wishes!
Edit: I also forgot to mention that a decayed tooth extraction where the cavity has hit the nerve and a regular healthy tooth extraction are completely different regarding pain. Decayed, cavity filled tooth extractions are WAY more painful (stating from experience). I would suggest if you have a decaying tooth to get it extracted right away or the pain will grow worse.