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Tooth Extraction
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

What is Tooth Extraction?

This is a procedure to remove a tooth.

Surgical Removal of a Tooth
Surgical Removal of a Tooth
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While dental techniques can save many teeth, a tooth may need to be removed if it:

  • Is too badly damaged or decayed to be saved by a root canal
  • Has an infected nerve
  • Is affecting normal tooth growth
  • Is loose from advanced gum disease
  • Has a loss of supporting bone, gums, or tissue

Possible Complications

Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have a tooth extracted, your dentist will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Nerve damage

Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Smoking
  • Poor nutrition
  • Poor overall health
  • Use of some prescription and non-prescription drugs—Talk to your dentist about any medicine you are taking.

Be sure to discuss these risks with your dentist before the procedure.