There are several reasons why it might be necessary for an adult to undergo a tooth extraction
. Many adults have their wisdom teeth removed to allow room for other teeth to grow into place, but there are reasons beside this one. If a tooth becomes badly infected, it may have to be removed so that the infection doesn't spread, and a tooth which is badly decayed may also have to be removed. Individuals who are having orthodontic work done may need to have one or more teeth extracted to allow room for the intended movement of teeth in the mouth. Whichever of these reasons may be the case in your own situation, the tooth extraction should be accomplished by a dentist or oral surgeon.
In most teeth extractions, a local anesthetic is sufficient to numb any pain which the patient might feel. Sometimes however, a general anesthetic must be used if the patient is already in a great deal of pain, or if they have a great fear of extractions. For the most part, teeth which are easily visible can be removed with little or no trouble. When teeth are below the surface of the gums, or if they are broken or impacted, the extraction procedure becomes more complicated. In any case, a skilled dentist or oral surgeon will be able to accomplish your tooth extraction with little or no discomfort to you.