An extraction means to have a tooth removed, usually because of disease, trauma or crowding.
Unfortunately, most common preventable cause is severe caries. Extractions are performed when there is no other way of saving a badly damaged tooth. Teeth are sometimes extracted when you’re undergoing teeth straightening procedures to make room for other teeth.
Wisdom teeth are often removed because they can get impacted, infected and painful. Fortunately, having a tooth extracted doesn’t spell doom for anyone, as there are very good tooth replacement methods available that will make your smile look all natural!
If you need an extraction, your dentist will first numb the area to lessen any discomfort. After the extraction, your dentist will advise you of what post extraction regimen to follow. In most cases a small amount of bleeding is normal. Your mouth will slowly fill in the bone where the tooth root was through the formation of a blood clot.