A simple extraction is performed on a tooth that can be seen in the mouth. General dentists commonly do simple extractions, and most can be done under a local anesthetic, with or without anti-anxiety drugs. In a simple extraction, the dentist will grasp the tooth with forceps and move the forceps back and forth to loosen the tooth before removing it. Sometimes, an instrument called a luxator, which fits between the tooth and the gum, is used to help loosen the tooth.
Tooth Extraction [Colgate World of Care]