When a tooth can no longer be restored or has become fully compromised, extraction is necessary. When a tooth needs to be removed, your dentist may extract the tooth during a regular checkup or may schedule another visit for this procedure. The root of each tooth is surrounded by bone and is held in its socket by a ligament. While this procedure is typically quick, it is important to share with your doctor any concerns or preferences for sedation or referral to an oral surgeon.

After extraction, adjacent teeth may shift, causing problems with chewing or function. To avoid these complications, it is recommended that the extracted too be replaced.