I found out last week that I had a broken tooth (one of the lower rear molars), and today I had it taken out. I've been sitting at home all afternoon with the left side of my lower jaw numb, occasionally rinsing the blood out and waiting for the anesthetic to dissipate. The procedure was rather quick and clean, because the tooth wasn't impacted against its neighbor, and pretty much painless because of the anesthetic. Just a slight twinge as the oral surgeon was heaving away on it. He gave me a prescription for a painkiller, but it looks like I probably won't need to use it, just some ibuprofen. I think the anesthetic has pretty much worn off now, and all I feel is an occasional slight throbbing. I'll have to keep on eating using only one side of my mouth for a couple of weeks. In a couple of months he'll check the site with an X-ray to see how the socket is filling in with new bone, and we'll discuss whether I want to get an implant to replace the tooth.