Why: Extractions are necessary when decay or a fracture has progressed to a point that the tooth can no longer be restored with a filling, root canal therapy, or a crown. 


  1. The gums around the teeth are loosened.
  2. The tooth is removed from the bone that holds it in place.
  3. The body heals the area of the missing tooth.

Next Steps: Choosing a dental solution to replace the missing tooth. These include partial dentures, bridges, or dental implants. There are many other combinations of these dental solutions so be sure to consult with your dentist about the best option that is right for you.