When decay, impact, or disease damages a tooth beyond the reach of fillings, and
patients either don't want or don't qualify for root canal therapy, removal of
the tooth is necessary. This involves applying a local anesthetic to the area and
pulling the tooth out of the socket. It is very important to replace extracted
teeth with implants, bridges, or something else so that neighboring teeth don't
shift position and affect the proper biting characteristics of the mouth.