There can be more than one reason for an individual needing a tooth extraction. It could be tooth decay or gum disease that causes severe pain. In some cases, the damaged tooth may also need to be removed. Dentists generally offer two types of tooth extraction. These include minor and surgical procedures. In a simple extraction, a set of easily accessible dental tools are used to remove the tooth. The dentist uses local anesthesia for extraction purposes. On the other hand, surgical extraction is performed when the affected tooth is not easily accessible. This operation needs to make an incision in the connective tissue to remove the tooth.