Tooth extraction is exactly what it sounds like; the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone.

If a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay, we will try to fix it with a filling, crown or other treatment. Sometimes if there is too much damage for the tooth to be repaired. In this case, the tooth needs to be extracted. A loose tooth also will need extraction if it can't be saved, even with a bone graft.

We will take an X-ray of the area to help plan the best way to remove the tooth. Be sure to provide us with your full medical and dental history and a list of all medicines you take. This should include both prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins and supplements.

Do not smoke on the day of surgery. This can increase the risk of a painful problem called dry socket.

After the extraction, someone will need to drive you home and stay there with you. You will be given post-surgery instructions. It is incredibly important that you follow them.