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An extraction is a dental procedure that is used to remove a tooth from the mouth. It is typically recommended when a tooth is too damaged or decayed to be repaired, or when it is causing problems in the mouth, such as crowding or infection.
There are two main types of extractions: simple extractions and surgical extractions. Simple extractions are used to remove teeth that are visible in the mouth and can be easily accessed. They are typically performed using local anesthesia to numb the area, and the tooth is removed using a tool called an elevator.
Surgical extractions are used to remove teeth that are not easily accessible, such as impacted wisdom teeth or teeth that have not fully erupted from the gums. They are typically more complex and may require the use of general anesthesia or intravenous sedation.
After an extraction, the area may be sore and swollen for a few days. It is important to follow the instructions provided to ensure that the extraction site heals properly and to reduce the risk of complications.