Having a tooth removed is one of the scariest dental procedures for many people. However, tooth extraction is actually the most common procedure done by dentists. There are many reasons why your dentist may have to remove your tooth such as gingivitis, infection, injury, and periodontal disease. It is relatively simple, with the dentist numbing your gums and tooth area before removing the tooth and root.
The root is always removed when extracting a tooth because it can cause pain or irritation if left in your gums. If a small piece of the root breaks and is unable to be removed without causing more trauma to the gums it will be left in there. If this happens, the bone will grow over the pieces and heal naturally.