Adults sometimes need their tooth to be pulled out. Although permanent teeth were meant to last a lifetime, there are a number of reasons why tooth extraction may be required. A very common reason is that a tooth is too badly damaged, from trauma or decay, and just cannot be repaired. Another common reason is infection. If tooth decay extends to the pulp, bacteria can enter the pulp and cause an infection. In cases where antibiotics cannot solve the infection, then the tooth has to be pulled out.
Dental extraction can either be a simple extraction or a surgical extraction. In both cases, we use a local anaesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. In the case of simple extraction, the affected tooth is firmly rocked back and forth so as to loosen it for removal. You should not feel any pain, maybe just some pressure.
A surgical extraction is a slightly more complex procedure that occurs when a tooth has not yet broken through the gum line, or has not yet fully grown into the mouth. When a surgical extraction is needed, a small incision is made into the gums in order to access the affected tooth. From here, the procedure is similar to a simple extraction. The incision site will be stitched if necessary.