When Do We Prescribe Tooth Extraction?

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When possible, we want to repair and preserve your tooth, whether that means a dental filling or a custom dental crown. But sometimes, an issue develops that can’t be treated with a restoration. In today’s blog, your Des Moines, IA, dentist talks about when we prescribe a tooth extraction to preserve your smile.

The Reasons to Remove a Tooth

When does a tooth need to be removed to protect your smile? This could be prescribed for a severe infection or case of deep decay that can’t be addressed with a restoration, as lack of care could mean the spread of infection to other teeth. We could also suggest this for ones loosened by gum disease, or severely damaged too. Extraction could also aid in orthodontic treatment, or to prepare a smile for a full set of dentures. The most common reason is to prevent wisdom tooth impaction. As we reach adulthood, up to four new molars could arrive in the rear of your mouth. For many, this means a painful partial eruption known as impaction, as well as misalignment, infection, and infection. But we can help you or your teen avoid these complications by removing them before they erupt.

Keeping You Comfortable

We know that any oral surgery, even a minor procedure like an extraction, can lead to a little anxiety. But our team can help! We will first administer a local numbing agent to the area being treated. We also have dental sedation to help you enter a calm and relaxed state, with little to no memory of the procedure at all. We will likely recommend a friend or family member on hand to bring you home afterward, and will provide detailed aftercare instructions and prescriptions for any medications to help facilitate a comfortable and effective healing period. Most people return to normal activities after only a day of rest!

The Tooth Extraction

Once you’re comfortable, we will remove the tooth. Having taken detailed digital x-rays, we can pinpoint the position of the tooth and remove it without impacting sinus cavities or nerve tissues. The removal usually takes about 30 minutes, and we will suture the area closed afterward. We can remove these in a follow up visit. If this leaves a gap behind that needs to be addressed, we can discuss tooth replacement options, such as bridges, dental implants, or even dentures. If you have any questions about tooth extraction, or if you would like to make a visit before the year ends, then let us know!


Our team wants to help preserve your smile and avoid poor oral health. If you have any questions about oral surgery and restorative dental care, then contact your Des Moines, IA, dentist, Dr. Burds, by calling 515-244-9565.