A dental extraction (also referred to as exodontia) is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the jaw bone. Extractions are performed for a wide variety of reasons, including tooth decay that has destroyed enough tooth structure to render the tooth non-restorable. Extractions of impacted or problematic wisdom teeth are routinely performed, as are extractions of some permanent teeth to make space for orthodontic treatment.

The most common reason for extraction is tooth damage due to breakage or decay. There are additional reasons for tooth extraction:

  • Severe tooth decay or infection. Despite the reduction in worldwide prevalence of dental caries, still it is the most common reason for extraction of teeth.

  • Extra teeth which are blocking other teeth from coming in.

  • Severe gum disease which may affect the supporting tissues and bone structures of teeth.

  • In preparation for orthodontic treatment (braces)

  • Teeth in the fracture line

  • Teeth in the fracture line

  • Fractured teeth