The Point of Tooth Extraction

Other than for removing wisdom teeth that have become impacted, tooth extraction is not often recommended as a restorative dental procedure. However, there may be times when a tooth has become too compromised to effectively restore and its presence can pose a serious threat to your oral health. Tooth extraction is the process of removing such troublesome teeth so that they cannot negatively impact the surrounding teeth, oral tissues, jawbone structure, and more. Before recommending tooth extraction, we’ll perform a thorough examination to ensure that the procedure is necessary, and consult with you to discuss how to preserve your smile afterward.

When extraction is recommended

Aside from impacted wisdom teeth, some of the most common reasons for recommending tooth extraction include severe damage to a tooth, or other significant concerns such as:

  • Teeth with damaged teeth roots
  • Extremely decayed teeth
  • Teeth with fractured roots
  • Teeth that are severely misaligned
  • And more

What to do after tooth extraction

After removing a troublesome tooth, the next step is often to restore your smile by designing an appropriate treatment plan for replacing it. For example, a custom dental bridge can fill the empty space in your smile with the support of your healthy, natural teeth next to it. Or, we may suggest replacing the tooth with a dental implant and crown, which replaces the root of your lost tooth and its visible crown to create a highly lifelike restoration.

Ask if tooth extraction is advisable

Tooth extraction can mean the loss of a tooth, but it also means the removal of a potentially bigger threat to your oral health. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Delightful Dental Care in Kansas City, MO, at 816-942-7669. We proudly serve patients and families who live in South Kansas City, Leawood, Overland Park, Johnson County, and all nearby communities.