When You Need a Tooth Extracted

Tooth extraction may not immediately seem like a restorative procedure. After all, the procedure involves removing a tooth rather than saving it. However, in rare cases, a tooth may be so infected or damaged that even advanced restorative dentistry may not be able to save it. To restore your smile, your dentist may be able to extract the tooth to remove the threat to your smile, and then replace the tooth to restore your smile’s appearance and bite function. Because extraction still means losing the tooth, your dentist will only recommend the procedure when absolutely necessary. She may also suggest replacing the tooth with a custom-designed, lifelike replacement.

Restoring Your Smile After Tooth Extraction

When necessary, tooth extraction can be the first step to completely restoring your smile. While planning your procedure, your dentist may also include plans to replace the tooth, which can usually be accomplished best with a dental implant and crown. The implant post replaces your tooth’s root, which is essential to maintaining the health of the jawbone surrounding it. With the help of a connective abutment, the post can support a custom-made, highly lifelike dental crown, offering the most comprehensive restoration for your smile.

Extract a Tooth to Save Your Smile

When a tooth is too compromised to save with a custom restoration, extracting it may be your best option for preserving the rest of your smile. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Peddicord Family Dentistry in Ankeny, IA, today at (515) 963-3339. We also proudly serve patients of all ages from Bondurant, Polk City, Elkhart, Alleman, Cambridge, and all surrounding communities.