A tooth may need to be extracted due to infection, trauma, decay, or for orthodontia. A tooth is extracted by loosening the tooth from the jaw bone and the ligaments that hold it. A surgical extraction is when the tooth needs to be removed in pieces.
The healing period is usually about one to two weeks for new bone and gum tissue to grow into the extraction site. Over time the missing teeth can cause the remaining teeth to shift and affect your bite and create difficulties in chewing. It is advisable that the missing teeth are replaced with an implant, fixed bridge, or denture.