Dental extraction, also known as tooth extraction, is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the jawbone. This procedure is typically performed when a tooth is severely damaged, decayed, infected, or causing crowding issues. Dental extractions may also be necessary for impacted wisdom teeth that don't have enough space to fully emerge. The procedure can involve the removal of a single tooth or multiple teeth, and it is usually done under local anesthesia to minimize discomfort. After an extraction, patients may need to follow post-operative care instructions to ensure proper healing and to prevent complication.