When Does Your Smile Benefit From Extraction?

While our restorative dental treatments are meant to help repair and preserve your teeth, sometimes enjoying a healthy smile means we actually need to remove one or more of your teeth. In today’s blog, your Des Moines, IA, dentist looks at how we safely and comfortably extract a tooth, and when your smile benefits from one.

Stopping Wisdom Tooth Impaction

The extraction process involves the dentist administering a local anesthetic and sedation, ensuring you feel comfortable throughout the process. Afterward, we suture the extraction site closed and a friend or family can bring you home. We will provide detailed instructions to ensure a complication-free healing period, such as suggestions for foods to avoid and tips to help protect your smile from unexpected complications. In future visits, we will remove any sutures and make sure the area is healing properly. One of the more common reasons for this procedure is to prevent the dangers of wisdom tooth eruption. These additional molars tend to arrive in our late teens and early 20s. For some, they pose no risk. For others, they could become impacted, leading to damaged teeth, misalignment, infection, and major discomfort. With an extraction, we open the area of the gums above the teeth, removing them carefully and preserving the appearance of your smile.

Damaged Teeth

We may also need to address teeth with severe damage. While we can often use crowns to repair cracks and chips, serious damage could increase the risk of infection and with it, the chances of losing the tooth anyway and also allowing the spread of infection to nearby ones.

Decay and Infection

Likewise, advanced tooth decay and severe infection could also threaten your smile, so taking these teeth out will help. We’ve also removed teeth loosened as a result of advanced gum disease, or to make room to correct the position of the teeth in orthodontic procedures. If you lose a tooth to anything other than wisdom teeth, this means there is now a gap in your smile. To fill the gap and prevent the complications of untreated tooth loss, we can offer lifelike bridges, partial dentures, dental implants, and full dentures. If you have any questions about the process of extracting a tooth, or about our natural-looking replacement options, then contact our team today to learn more.


We can help improve the health and beauty of your smile with a tooth extraction. We always take steps to ensure your comfort throughout the proceedings, and will continue to monitor your smile in follow-up visits as well. To learn more about our restorative treatments, then schedule a consultation with Dr. Burds by calling Gateway Dental Group in downtown Des Moines, IA, at (515) 244-9565.