Extractions remove damaged or infected teeth. They become necessary in cases where the tooth has become decayed beyond repair, broken below the gumline, when there is advanced bone lone, or as a preparatory measure for an orthodontic procedure. They may also be necessary to prevent an infection from spreading to other teeth and causing even more damage.
Extractions are carried out through a surgical procedure, generally done in a simple manner using forceps and local anesthesia. In many cases, once the tooth has been extracted, the gap can easily be filled by an implant.