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When Do Smiles Benefit From Tooth Extraction?

wisdom tooth in need of extractionWe often recommend treatment, such as fillings or crowns, to restore decayed, cracked, or chipped teeth, preventing issues like infection or abscesses. However, sometimes an oral health concern develops that is so severe, the best option to protect your smile is to remove the tooth completely. In today’s blog, your Kansas City, MO, dentist will explain the benefits of our tooth extractions.

The Extraction Process

First, we will administer a local anesthetic to ensure you remain comfortable throughout the process. Our team will also discuss dental sedation, including nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and IV sedation, to ensure you remain relaxed and remember nothing of the procedure. This is a great option for people with dental anxiety.

Next, we carefully remove the tooth from your smile. We then employ a unique biocompatible material to strengthen and protect the extraction site. This not only helps prevent infection and other complications, but also leaves your smile ready for replacement options, such as dental implants.

Why We May Need One

We may suggest one for people with severely damaged or infected teeth. Removal could also be necessary to make room to correct misalignment, or to take out teeth loosened due to advanced gum disease. However, the most common reason is to avoid the complications of wisdom tooth eruption. Our wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are up to four new teeth that erupt in our late teens and early 20s. The arrival of these teeth could mean infections, damaged teeth, discomfort, and a painful partial eruption known as an impaction. You could also be more likely to develop dental misalignment. Fortunately, we can use extraction to address them prior to eruption.

Tooth Replacement Options

While wisdom teeth will not need replacement, other issues like infection or gum disease could mean you have an empty gap in your smile. Unless addressed, you could develop oral health complications, and see negative changes to your smile esthetics. With dental implants, we place a post that acts a new tooth root into the preserved socket. This bonds with the jawbone, securing it like a new root. We then add a restoration to address the visible portion. Your new tooth could last for decades, possibly even a lifetime! If you have any questions about how we address tooth loss, or about our restorative treatments like tooth removal, then contact our team today. We’re here to help you and your family continue to enjoy strong, healthy, and attractive smiles for years to come!


Our team is ready to help you enjoy a healthy, strong smile and avoid worsening complications. To learn more about our restorative treatment options, then schedule a consultation by calling Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-897-4288.