5 Reasons You May Need An Extraction

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As dentists, we offer multiple restorative treatments designed to repair teeth and treat issues that could cause them to become lost. However, sometimes oral health problems occur that require a tooth to be removed to prevent major oral health complications for the rest of the smile. In today’s blog, your Des Moines, IA, dentist looks at a few reasons we may prescribe an extraction.

The Removal Process

We start by using digital technology to diagnose the issue and plan the procedure with precision and accuracy. We will administer a numbing agent and possibly sedation for our more anxious patients. We then gently extract the tooth with a pair of forceps, and suture the extraction site closed. Once you return home, you will do so with prescribed medications and detailed aftercare instructions to hep facilitate a fast and successful healing period. We will then remove the sutures in follow-up visits.

Wisdom Teeth

We often prescribe the procedure to remove wisdom teeth before they erupt. These are up to four molars that arrive in the rear of the mouth and could lead to misalignment, painful impaction, infection, or damaged teeth. By removing them before eruption, we safeguard the appearance and health of your smile.


Often, we use crowns or even dental bonding to repair damaged teeth and preserve them. However, if the damage is too severe, we may instead need to extract them and then replace them with bridges or individual dental implants.

Decay and Infection

Severe tooth decay or an infection could mean the infection is able to spread beyond the tooth, reaching other parts of your smile and leading to pain and further tooth loss. Extracting the tooth could help prevent this spread and preserve your smile.


If you have major misalignment, then we may need to remove a tooth to make room to properly reposition the others, helping you obtain a healthier and more attractive smile.

Issues with Primary Teeth or Impaction

Sometimes, as we grow the permanent teeth don’t arrive properly, or the baby teeth could have issues falling out on time or having their roots dissolve. In other cases, the permanent teeth become impacted, only partially erupting and leading to discomfort and poor alignment. To help address these issues, we could remove baby teeth that fail to fall out naturally, and help permanent teeth erupt properly. If you have any questions about our removal process, then contact our team today. We want to help you enjoy a better smile in 2021.

Do You Have Questions About Tooth Extraction?

We want to make sure you continue to enjoy a healthy, beautiful smile. For more information on our approach to restorative dentistry and oral surgery, or to schedule your appointment with our Des Moines, IA team, contact Gateway Dental Group by calling 515-244-9565 today.