Restorative Dentistry

When An Extraction Helps Your Smile

Jul 19 • 2 minute read

Since we put so much time and effort into preserving natural teeth and keeping smiles whole, it may sound odd to hear your Olathe, KS, dentist discuss the benefits of dental extraction. But the fact is, sometimes serious oral health concerns may arise that require a tooth to be removed. From wisdom teeth to severe damage, let’s look at the benefits of dental extraction.


For many people, the late teens and early 20s mean an increased risk of wisdom tooth eruption. These are up to four additional molars that arrive as we approach adulthood. For some, their arrival has little impact. However, for others they could only partially erupt, causing a painful impaction, misalignment, damaged teeth, and an increased risk of dental infection. In order to avoid these complications, we may recommend removing them before they erupt.

While in most cases a root canal procedure can stop the progress of an infection and save a tooth, what if a patient has avoided treatment for too long? For some, a major infection could mean the tooth needs to be removed to prevent the spread of infection to surrounding teeth or into the jawbone itself. Some patients may have misalignment, and in order to make room to straighten your smile, we may need to take a tooth out. Our team may also prescribe an extraction to address severely damaged teeth, or teeth that have become loose as a result of periodontitis, the advanced stage of gum disease.

The process begins with the administration of anesthesia and sedation, which ensures comfort and helps patients enter a calm and relaxed state, with little to no memory of the procedure afterward. For wisdom teeth, we open the area above the tooth and gently remove it. For damaged or infected teeth, we gently rock them free with forceps. While some situations may not require tooth replacement, such as wisdom teeth or extraction to address misalignment, we can discuss replacement options for teeth lost to infection or gum disease. If we plan to move forward with this option, we may take steps to preserve the extraction site, which makes placing dental implants much easier. Our team may also discuss dental bridges, partial dentures, and even full dentures if necessary. If you have any questions, then please contact our team today.

If your tooth needs to be removed, we can do so safely and comfortably. For more information on our tooth removal and restorative care, or to schedule a dental consultation, call E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-764-1018. We also proudly serve patients from Leawood, Gardner, and all surrounding communities.

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