A tooth extraction is a procedure used to remove badly damaged or decayed teeth. Before removing your tooth, the Centennial dentist will explain the procedure and give local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. Sometimes a strong general anesthetic can be used if multiple teeth need to be pulled. After the tooth is removed, the patient may require stitches. It is important for the patient to take over the counter pain medicine to reduce discomfort during the healing process.