Tooth extraction is a dental procedure in which a tooth is removed from the mouth. There are several reasons a tooth may need to be extracted, including tooth decay, gum disease, infection, or orthodontic treatment. In some cases, a tooth may be removed to make room for the placement of dental implants or to prepare the mouth for a denture.
Tooth extraction can be performed by a general dentist or an oral surgeon, depending on the location and complexity of the extraction. The procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia to numb the area, and most people report only minimal discomfort during and after the treatment. Your dentist or oral surgeon will provide specific instructions on caring for the extraction site and managing any pain after the procedure. It is essential to follow these instructions carefully to ensure a smooth recovery and prevent complications.