Good oral hygiene is a must, because the loss of a single tooth can have a major impact on overall oral health and appearance. While saving teeth is our priority, many obstacles may prevent a tooth from being able to be restored. A tooth extraction may be necessary in certain circumstances. Some reasons a tooth may need extracted could include severe decay that renders a tooth non-restorable, broken teeth or fractured roots, infection, periodontal disease, or orthodontic needs. If the tooth is able to be extracted easily in one piece and the site requires no stitches, the procedure is classified as a simple extraction. Dr. Boyter will administer local anesthesia to comfortably numb the area, and after the procedure, he will review instructions that will help to keep the site clean and painless at home.