An extraction is the removal of a tooth. The most common reason for an extraction is because the tooth is no longer restorable. Most extractions can be performed while the patient is awake using local anesthetic (novacaine). Some extractions may be more extensive, which would require the procedure to be performed by an oral surgeon. Our dentists will let you know ahead of time if this is the case.
There are a few ways to replace the tooth that has been extracted. Please see implants, dental bridges, or removable partial dentures for more information.