A tooth extraction is a procedure to remove a tooth from the gum socket. It is usually done by a general dentist, an oral surgeon, or a periodontist. You may be asked to take antibiotics before the procedure.
You will get a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth so you do not feel pain.
Your dentist may loosen the tooth in the gum using a tooth removal instrument called an elevator.
Your dentist will then place forceps around the tooth and pull the tooth out from the gum. After your tooth is removed:
Your dentist will clean out the gum socket and smooth out the bone that is left.
The gum may need to be closed with one or more stitches, also called sutures.
You will be asked to bite down on a damp piece of gauze to stop the bleeding.