A dental extraction is the removal of a tooth and its roots from the mouth. Extractions are performed for a variety of reasons including extensive decay, fractures or cracks, infection, extensive bone loss around the tooth, impaction, or inadequate space for the teeth. Sometimes the Orthodontist will recommend removing some teeth as part of his/her plan to straighten the teeth. Often the 3rd molars (wisdom teeth) need to be removed because of inadequate space or impaction. Many extractions can be performed here at our office, but some require the expertise of an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon.