When Is Extraction Good For Your Smile?

wisdom teeth needing extraction

We often use treatments to repair damaged teeth and prevent them from becoming lost. However, sometimes there are serious issues that even a filling or crown cannot address. To prevent major complications, many of which could mean further tooth loss, we may extract the tooth completely. In today’s blog, your Des Moines, IA, dentist looks at how we remove teeth and discuss when we recommend this option.

The Extraction Process

How do we remove a tooth? We start by making sure our patients are comfortable and relaxed throughout the procedure. Along with a local anesthetic, we may also discuss sedation dentistry, helping them enter a calm state with little to no memory of the procedure afterward. Once we gently remove the tooth with forceps, we will suture the extraction site closed and take steps to preserve it, lowering the risk of infection and improving the healing process. Since sedation may take time to wear off completely, we suggest arranging for a friend or family member to bring you home.


We will send you home with detailed aftercare instructions, and prescriptions for medications. Take them as prescribed, and also avoid strenuous activity for the first day. Eat soft foods for the first day, and avoid using straws or poking the extraction site with your tongue. We will remove the sutures in a follow-up visit, and ensure your smile is healing as it should.

When Do We Suggest the Procedure?

We may suggest this option if a tooth is too damaged for repair, or has developed an infection so severe that it threatens to spread to other parts of the smile. We could take out a tooth to make room to reposition the others for those in need of orthodontic care, or to address a tooth loosened by gum disease. However, we most frequently recommend this option to prevent the eruption of wisdom teeth. Also known as third molars, these are up to four new teeth that arrive as we enter adulthood, and could lead to painful partial eruption known as impaction, as well as infection, damaged teeth, misalignment, and discomfort. Extraction prevents these complications from even arising!

Tooth Replacement

If your extraction has left a gap in your smile, we can help with a custom-made bridge, or possibly a partial denture or dental implant. If you have any questions, then contact our team today!

Do You Have Questions About Tooth Removal?

Our team knows how to remove a tooth and if necessary, replace with a lifelike and long-lasting bridge or dental implant. To learn more about how we safely and comfortably remove a tooth, then schedule a consultation with Dr. Burds by calling Gateway Dental Group in downtown Des Moines, IA, at (515) 244-9565.