A cracked or abscessed tooth is painful and may indicate a severely damaged or infected tooth. When root canal therapy and other restorative dentistry measures cannot successfully repair a tooth, extraction may be necessary. Dr. Brown, Dr. Larson, and their team will do everything they can to help you feel relaxed and comfortable during the procedure. If you are feeling anxious, you may be a candidate for nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or very light sedation.