When A Tooth Extraction Could Help A Smile

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If you have a severe tooth infection, or wisdom teeth soon to erupt, then we could protect your oral health from major complications with tooth extraction. In today’s blog, your Des Moines, IA, dentist talks about how we use the tooth extraction process to safeguard the smile and avoid issues like impaction or infection.

The Dangers of Wisdom Teeth and More

What are issues that require the extraction of a tooth? For some, this could one too decayed or infected to receive treatment with a filling or crown. A severely damaged one may need to be taken out too. If one or more of them have been loosened by periodontitis, we may extract them. To aid in orthodontics treatment, we may need to remove a tooth to make room to reposition the others. But the most common reason is to prevent the impaction of wisdom teeth. Also known as the third molars, these erupt in our late teens and early 20s, and could mean up to four new teeth being pushed into your smile. This could cause a painful partial eruption known as an impaction, or possibly infection, misalignment, and damaged teeth

The Tooth Extraction Process

We want to make sure the entire process is comfortable for our patients. We begin by taking detailed digital x-rays to identify the position of the tooth and to plan the treatment, ensuring we avoid nerve tissues and sinus cavities. We then administer a local anesthetic and could also provide dental sedation, ensuring you enter a calm and relaxed state, with little to no memory of the procedure afterward. We then gently take out the tooth in question with a pair of forceps, and suture the area closed. The entire process could take as little as 30 minutes.

Recovery and Tooth Replacement

People often return to normal activities after a day or two of rest. We will prescribe necessary medications to keep you comfortable and ensure proper healing, and remove any sutures in a follow up appointment. At home, for the first day eat soft foods, avoid straw use, and be very gentle when you brush and floss. Don’t prod the site with your tongue either. If you have teeth removed for injury or poor oral health, we could fill the gap in your smile with a dental bridge or possibly a single tooth dental implant. If you have any questions, then give our team a call today.


We would like to prevent major problems from arising through treatments like tooth extraction. If you have any questions about how we treat serious oral health concerns with oral surgery, then contact your Des Moines, IA, dentist, Dr. Burds, by calling 515-244-9565.