When Extraction Benefits Your Smile

kahoka tooth extractionWhen people see us with a damaged tooth, or one with decay or infection, then we strive to repair them with lifelike restorations. However, sometimes an issue arises that cannot be treated. Instead, protecting the smile from complications means an extraction is necessary. In today’s blog, your Kahoka, MO, dentist explains when an extraction is beneficial.

Reasons for Removing a Tooth

When a tooth becomes so decayed or infected that it threatens to spread to other parts of the smile, we may need to remove the tooth completely. We could also take out those overly damaged, as a crown could no longer adequately repair them. The removal process could also take out teeth loosened by gum disease, or to make room to reposition the others in an orthodontic treatment. The most common reason is to prevent wisdom tooth impaction. As we reach adulthood, up to four new molars could erupt in the rear of the mouth. For many, this could mean painful impaction, a partial eruption that damages nearby teeth, causing discomfort, and could lead to infection. The arrival of the wisdom teeth could also cause misalignment, altering the beauty of your smile and increasing the risk of complications.

The Extraction Process

If we decide that you need to have a tooth removed completely, then our team will first numb the area around the tooth. If you have dental anxiety, we could also offer sedation to help you enter a calm and relaxed state. We then gently extract the tooth with a pair of forceps. To reach wisdom teeth, we may need to open up three gums above them. The extraction site is then sutured closed. Since the sedation and anesthesia may take time to wear off, you should arrange for a friend or family member to bring you home.

What Happens Next?

When you return home, we will provide prescriptions of any necessary medications, and detailed care instructions for the first day. You should rest, eat only soft foods, and avoid using a straw or poking the extraction site with your tongue. In a follow-up visit, we will remove the sutures. If you lost a tooth to decay, infection, or injury, we could discuss replacement options to fill in the gap, such as a dental bridge or a dental implant. If you have any questions about our approach to restorative dentistry, then please contact our team today.


Our team is ready to take the steps necessary to protect your overall oral health. To learn more about how we help preserve your smile with restorative treatments, then please contact your Kahoka, MO dentist at Barbour Dental today. Contact our office at 660-727-4746 to schedule your visit with our team.