The removal of a tooth from its by a professional is called an extraction. When a tooth has been broken, decayed, or damaged, a dentist can often use treatments such as fillings, crowns or their alternatives.
In the case of overcrowding, an extraction may need be performed, due to the presence of extra teeth, which is often the case for wisdom teeth, one of the most common types of extractions. There are also cases in which baby teeth may take an excessive period of time and need to be removed, or for teeth that permanently are shifting after being fitted for braces.
Illnesses, infections in the mouth and some medications can lead to teeth needing to be extracted as these conditions can be detrimental to overall good health.