A tooth extraction is a procedure to remove a tooth from the gums, possibly the jawbone, that has decayed when food and bacteria interact to form plaque and tartar. The most common reason for an extraction is to remove decayed teeth, fractured or broken teeth. The procedure may also be used when a tooth cannot erupt fully, to reduce dental crowding, or the risk of infection.
In many cases, implants can be placed at the same time of an extraction –further minimizing the number of surgical procedures. This is known as an immediate implant.