Tooth extraction or removal may be required if your natural tooth has:
• A tooth decay that severely damages the root of the tooth
• Infection that has ruined a major area of the tooth or the surrounding tissues and bone
• Crowded mouth that has limited space. E.g. Wisdom tooth, orthodontic (braces) treatment

Before a tooth is extracted, your dentist will review your medical and dental history as well as taking the required X-rays to reveal the length, shape and position of the tooth and surrounding bone.

The process of a tooth extraction or removal entails:
• Application of a local anesthetic to numb the tooth extraction area
• An instrument call an elevator will be used to help loosen the tooth
• The oral surgeon will then use a pair of dental forceps to grasp the tooth, gently rock it back and forth to loosen it
• A gauze pad will be placed into the socket
• You will be asked to bite down onto it to stop the bleeding