Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket. Tooth extractions are done for a number of reasons, but most commonly it’s a treatment that’s done when the tooth cannot be restored due to tooth decay, periodontal disease, or tooth trauma.
The vast majority of tooth extractions can be done quickly, using only local anesthesia. However, some teeth are more difficult to remove when the position of the tooth, the shape of the roots, or the overall integrity of the tooth is compromised.
Tooth extractions are performed simply or surgically. Simple extractions are made on the teeth that are visible in the mouth and require the use of tools to raise and/or grasp the visible part of the tooth. Surgical extractions involve the removal of teeth that are not easily accessible because they are broken below the gum level or not fully erupted.