Tooth Extraction

When We Recommend Tooth Extraction


Ideally, excellent dental hygiene and consistent general dental care can help you preserve all of your healthy, natural teeth for life. Yet, there are some cases when a tooth is severely compromised, or poses a threat to the rest of your oral health, and extracting it is your smile’s best option. Tooth extraction is typically a last-resort option, and we only recommend it when there are no other options for saving the tooth.

Why Extract the Tooth?

Before recommending tooth extraction, we’ll carefully examine your teeth and oral health to determine what other options, if any, you may have for restoring your smile. Some of the most common reasons why we recommend tooth extraction include:

  • Impacted wisdom teeth
  • Severe tooth decay
  • Extreme tooth damage
  • A severely misaligned tooth
  • And more

What to Do Afterward

In many cases, the reason extracting a tooth is important is to remove the threat that it poses to surrounding teeth and oral structures. However, the loss of the tooth itself can still impact your long-term oral health. Therefore, we may also suggest planning an appropriate replacement as soon as possible after your tooth extraction.

Find out if you need tooth extraction

Sometimes, extracting a tooth is the best way to fully restore the health and integrity of your smile. To schedule an appointment, call Elm Creek Dental in Maple Grove, MN, at (763) 416-0606. We also proudly serve the residents of Brooklyn Park, Rogers, Elk River, Osseo, Otsego, Plymouth, Wayzata, and all surrounding communities.