A dental extraction also referred to as tooth extraction, exodontia, exodontics, or informally, tooth pulling is the removal of teeth from the dental alveolus (socket) in the alveolar bone.
Why are Teeth Removed? • Decay has reached deep into the tooth. • Infection has destroyed a large portion of the tooth or surrounding bone. • There is not enough room for all the teeth in your mouth.
Bacteria can enter around a partially erupted tooth and cause an infection, which can extend into the surrounding bone and become extremely serious. Impacted teeth continue trying to break through the gum tissue even if there is not enough room to accommodate them.