Type of Surgery
Last updated: 11/24/2009
Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone.
Many people still do not realize that dental caries is an infectious disease. This animation shows how bacteria can cause tooth decay and briefly discusses some of the prevention and treatment options for dental caries.
A dental extraction (also referred to as exodontia) is the removal of a tooth from the mouth. Extractions are performed for a wide variety of reasons, including tooth decay that has destroyed enough tooth structure to prevent restoration. Extractions of impacted or problematic wisdom teeth are routinely performed, as are extractions of some permanent teeth to make space for orthodontic treatment.
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