EXTRACTIONS

Extractions

Save Your Smile with Tooth Extraction

In general, seeking treatment as soon as you notice that your tooth is damaged or infected can save you from needing extensive restoration to fix it. However, in some cases, fixing a tooth isn’t possible and leaving it in place can pose a greater risk to your overall oral health. To avoid further complications, Dr. Burds may suggest tooth extraction to remove the tooth before it has a chance to cause more trouble. Extracting the tooth also allows Dr. Burds to replace it with a lifelike dental prosthesis, such as a dental implant, to reestablish your bite’s balance and ability to function properly.

Reasons for Tooth Extraction

Cracked/fractured teeth

Most instances of cracked or fractured teeth can be addressed with a custom dental crown that restores the tooth and prevents further damage. If there isn’t enough solid tooth structure left, or if the tooth’s root is cracked or broken, then restoring it may not be an option. Instead, Dr. Burds may have to extract the tooth so that he can replace it and restore your bite’s function.

Abscessed teeth

A tooth abscess is a pocket of infection that forms on the root of an internally infected tooth. Abscesses can be extremely painful, and because of their difficult location, they often require root canal treatment to drain them. However, if the abscess ruptures, then the tooth could need extraction so that your dentist can stop the infection from spreading.

Impacted teeth

Impacted teeth are those that are hindered in their growth and eruption by nearby teeth, which most often occurs with wisdom teeth. When a tooth is impacted, it can increasingly force itself against the tooth that is impeding it, pushing it out of alignment and causing severe discomfort. Extracting an impacted tooth is usually the only way to stop it from causing more damage and alleviate the discomfort.

Ask Dr. Burds About Tooth Extraction

If your tooth is too damaged, decayed, or otherwise compromised to save, then extracting it may be the best way for Dr. Burds to restore your smile. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Dr. Burds and Gateway Dental Group in downtown Des Moines, IA, today at (515) 244-9565. We also proudly serve patients from West Des Moines, Ankeny, Urbandale, Johnston, and all surrounding communities.