Depending on the difficulty of tooth extraction, the procedure will usually not take too long for a single tooth. Anesthetic is given and then the tooth is elevated out. No pain is felt, other than just pressure. Nitrous (laughing gas) is an option with any extraction Recovery from tooth extractions is fast. Patient is recommended to go home after an extraction, but it is safe and okay to go back to work the following day. Some soreness and discomfort is normal for a few days after tooth extractions.