If a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay and there is too much damage for the tooth to be repaired, the tooth needs to be extracted. A very loose tooth also will require extraction if it can’t be saved.
Most simple extractions can be done using just an injection (a local anesthetic). You may or may not receive drugs to help you relax. For a surgical extraction, you will receive a local anesthetic, and you may also have anesthesia through a vein (intravenous). Some people may need general anesthesia. They include patients with specific medical or behavioral conditions and young children.
During a tooth extraction, you can expect to feel pressure, but no pain.