At Vargas Dental Associates, we do everything we can to save your natural teeth. Unfortunately, even with our best efforts, it is not always possible. This is when a tooth extraction is required. A tooth extraction is when the entire tooth — the structure and the tooth root — is removed from your mouth. A tooth extraction may be recommended due to decay or injury and may also be suggested to patients who may be starting a complicated medical treatment and optimal oral health is required, including patients who are starting certain chemotherapy treatments, a stem cell replacement or transplant, or organ transplant.