An extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone below the gums. This is necessary when there is too much decay, if the tooth is broken, an infection occurs, or the teeth are too compacted and need more room. This is the case with many when it comes to wisdom teeth or even in children when their permanent teeth come in and the baby teeth are still attached. An x-ray will be done to verify the best way to remove the tooth, and at the time of the extraction, anesthesia may be given to allow you comfort. Depending on the type of anesthesia that is administered, you may require a ride home after your visit. This will be discussed prior to the actual extraction appointment and you will have time to prepare. In addition, it is very important to follow up after the procedure to ensure everything is healing correctly.