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When Do You Extract A Tooth?

When a tooth is damaged or decayed, we often address the problem with restorative treatments, such as fillings or a crown. But what happens if the tooth is beyond repair and its presence threatens the rest of your smile? In these situations, we can remove the tooth and protect your oral health. What situations call for an extraction?

Broken or Infected Teeth

If a tooth is severely broken and placing a crown won’t be enough to repair it we may need to remove the tooth completely. In addition, should you develop an infection that has grown so severe the tooth has effectively died, then we need to remove the tooth to prevent infection from reaching surrounding teeth or moving into the jawbone itself. We may also remove a tooth that has become loose due to advanced gum disease, also known as periodontitis. Prior to the procedure we will gladly answer any questions and will also administer a local anesthetic to ensure you remain comfortable throughout the procedure.

Wisdom Teeth

Our wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, erupt in our late teens and early 20s. Up to four additional molars can erupt, increasing the risk of misalignment, impaction (partial eruption), tooth decay, infection, and serious discomfort. However, we can often remove the teeth before they even erupt, spring you the serious and uncomfortable complications of wisdom tooth arrival.

We can Replace Missing Teeth

In the case of wisdom teeth, no replacement option will be necessary. However, should we need to remove a damaged or infected tooth, we can discuss possible solutions to the gap in your smile. For example, we may place a dental bridge, partial denture, or even a lifelike dental implant to restore the function and appearance of your smile. If you have further questions about extractions or our tooth replacement options, then contact our team today. We’re ready to help you enjoy a healthier smile!

Do You a Broken or Aching Tooth?

Dr. Lawson and our team can repair your tooth or if necessary, provide a comfortable extraction. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling our sleep dentistry office in Urbandale, IA, at 515-278-4366.


Do You Have An Uneven Smile?

Dr. Lawson and our team want to help you enjoy a more even and healthy smile. To learn more about our clear and esthetically-pleasing orthodontic solutions, schedule a consultation by:

calling our dentistry office in Urbandale, IA, at 515-278-4366.

We also serve residents of Waukee, Grimes, Johnston, and Clive, IA.

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