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Extractions are the removal of teeth. Teeth unfortunately need to be extracted when the decay has reached a level where we are unable to restore the tooth. Teeth can also be extracted when there is severe periodontal disease (disease of the bone and gums) that has led to the loss of bone support for the tooth. Dental extractions also may be required when the patient is having orthodontic (braces) treatment and there is a need to gain space in order to straighten the teeth. Most people, of course, are familiar with wisdom teeth extraction. This is generally performed by an oral surgeon when there is inadequate space in the patient’s mouth to allow for the wisdom teeth to erupt into a healthy position.