When a tooth has become so extensively decayed or damaged that it cannot be saved, an extraction may be recommended. In a simple extraction, your tooth is removed without surgery. Dr. Tufa will apply slight pressure with a specially designed instrument to gently and gradually ease the tooth from the socket. Once the tooth has been removed, she will clean the area so the healing process can begin. When the area has sufficiently healed, Dr. Tufa will discuss treatment options to permanently replace the extracted tooth.