What is a tooth extraction for gum disease?

Gum disease(periodontal disease) can lead to the loss of teeth. Untreated periodontal disease causes the destruction of bone around the teeth. When enough bone is lost, the tooth becomes loose. The gum around the tooth may also become infected. When the periodontal disease has progressed to this point, the recommended treatment is a tooth extraction. 

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How can I decrease bleeding after a tooth extraction?
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Keep direct pressure on the area by biting firmly on dental gauze and change the gauze every 20 minu...
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What is the process for a simple extraction?
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