It is always preferable to keep you teeth sometimes it is inevitable particularly if the tooth has been badly damaged by injury or decay, it has become infected or impacted or you have advanced stages of gum disease.

If a tooth cannot be saved or is causing disruption or damaging other teeth it may have to removed.  This is a simple procedure that can be done in the dental chair under a local anesthetic.

The most commonly extracted teeth are our wisdom teeth.  Often when they erupt they cause problems resulting in pain and discomfort.

Wisdom teeth can be more complicated to remove than most teeth. 

Sometimes the doctor will have to divide the tooth up and remove it piece by piece.  Again, most wisdom teeth are extracted in the chair under a local anesthetic so it is a painless procedure.