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The process of removing the tooth from the bone socket is called tooth extraction. When the tooth is broken, decayed or damaged by accident sometimes the only option is extraction. There are two major kinds of extractions; one is the simple extraction and the other is the surgical extraction.

Simple extraction

Simple extractions are used when the tooth is easily visible in the mouth. During this procedure the patient is given local anaesthetic and the dentist uses a pair of forceps to firmly hold the tooth that has been damaged. The tooth is then moved forward and backward until it becomes loose and is then gently removed.

Surgical extraction

When the damaged tooth is not easily visible, surgical extraction may be needed. If the tooth is partially broken or has partially erupted, then this procedure will be used. the surgeon removes part of the gum in order to access the part of the tooth to be removed and opens them to extract the part of tooth remaining inside.