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Having a Tooth Removed

Unfortunately, there are times when tooth extraction is necessary. Tooth loss can be caused by trauma, decay, or gum disease (periodontal disease). If the tooth cannot be restored to a healthy, functional status, is causing pain or potential problems, is jeopardizing the health of other teeth, or is insufficiently supported by bone and surrounding tissue, then the best course of action may be to remove it.

A good dentist will make a priority of their patient’s well-being and recommend the best course of action. While generally this means trying to preserve the natural teeth, that is not always possible and sometimes removing one tooth or more is the best way to protect the other teeth and establish or maintain good overall oral health.

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Patients in the Burke, Virginia area can be assured that the oral surgery team at Burke Dental always has our patients best interests in mind. Led by Dr. Ghanavati, our qualified team knows that good dentistry is about serving our patients and giving them the best care possible. That is why we offer individualized dental plans based on a patient’s specific needs. Sometimes that means doing our best to preserve the teeth and other times that means extracting a problem tooth.

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Reasons For Extracting a Tooth

There are several reasons our team might recommend extraction, often because removing one tooth can help preserve several others. If a tooth has become damaged or infected or if it hasn’t grown in right, it can impact the other teeth such that keeping the problem tooth can put other teeth at risk. In cases like that, extraction is the best option. The following are just some of the reasons a tooth might need to be extracted:

  • Improper growth. Sometimes a tooth does not grow in properly or the baby tooth fails to come out on its own. In either case, the offending tooth has to be removed so that the surrounding teeth aren’t impacted.
  • Crowded teeth. Sometimes there simply is not enough room in a patient’s mouth and the teeth grow too close together. Sometimes  if a patient is considering braces or other straightening systems, they may be advised to have a tooth removed to reduce crowding and allow for optimal re-alignment.
  • Tooth Decay. If a tooth has become badly decayed or damaged, it can lead to infection, which can spread to the rest of the body. If the damage is not discovered early or if it is not able to be restored, then it may be too late for other options and extraction will be recommended.
  • Compromised Immune System. Generally, if a tooth is at risk of infection, the team will suggest other alternatives before extraction. However, patients with compromised immune systems are so vulnerable to infection that it is often better to extract the tooth immediately instead of risk the spread of infection.
  • Gum Disease (periodontal disease). Gum disease weakens the tissue and bone and causes a tooth to become loose and at risk of falling out. Often it will be advised to extract the tooth before it can fall out, because an extraction is often cleaner and healthier for the tooth and allows the dentist time to have a replacement plan ahead of time, which can reduce the risk of further damage.

Generally tooth extraction will be recommended if our dental team believes it is the best option for the patient’s overall oral health. Leaving a tooth in too long can lead to further pain and complications, which can lead to additional tooth loss. In many cases, extracting the problem tooth is the best way to prevent additional tooth loss.

Tooth Extractions At Burke Dental

When a patient books an appointment with Burke Dental, we will do an examination. This will help us determine any problem areas and allow us to recommend the best course of action. If the examination reveals a damaged or decayed tooth that is a risk of infection or other potential issues, we may recommend extraction. Our team has the best interests of our patients in mind and will recommend the treatment plan that we think is the most beneficial to the patient. In many cases, tooth extraction can minimize the risk of further infection and help preserve the rest of a patient’s teeth.


When Extraction is the Right Choice

The goal of dentistry is to preserve and maintain as many healthy teeth as possible. If there are treatment options that can preserve the tooth, we will likely recommend those before extraction. However, if removing one tooth will benefit the remaining teeth, that may be our recommendation. Though extraction of a tooth is a relatively low-risk procedure, as with all dental procedures, Dr. James Willis will consider general health and the medication history of a patient before proceeding with an extraction.


The Procedure

On the day of the procedure, the patient will come to the office and will be given a local anesthetic. This will numb the area around the tooth and make it so the patient does not feel pain during the procedure.

Generally, tooth extraction is a simple procedure. Dr. Willis and his team will use special instruments to loosen the tooth and then remove it. This method means there is no cutting and no sutures, making it easier for the patient to recover.

However, sometimes a simple extraction is not possible. In such cases, a surgical extraction is necessary. This procedure involves removing either gum tissue or bone or both in order to remove the tooth. After the tooth has been extracted, we will suture the gum back into place.



Recovery from a tooth extraction depends on the type of extraction. A simple extraction will have a quicker recovery than a surgical extraction. Both types of extractions will require a few days recovery, though. In some cases the patient may be prescribed antibiotics to help reduce the risk of infection.

The patient will be advised to avoid foods that require a lot of chewing for a few days after the procedure. The patient will also be advised on how to care for the site of the extracted tooth. It may be suggested for some cases that the patient wait 24 hours and then use a saltwater rinse a few times a day.

Once the extraction has had time to fully heal, another appointment will be scheduled for any follow-up procedures. This could mean dental implant, dental bridges, or even orthodontics. Whatever the procedure, it is important to give the mouth time to heal from the extraction before going forward.


Contact Burke Dental Today!

There is no reason to be frightened over the idea of having a tooth removed. While it may seem like an extreme form of treatment, it can often be the most logical choice. Tooth extraction can help prevent the need for further procedures and help reduce the risk of infection. Patients in Burke, Virginia can trust the staff at Burke Dental to recommend the procedure that is right for them, and that procedure may be tooth extraction.

Tooth pain can impact a person’s quality of life and it can also be dangerous if left untreated. If you have been suffering from extreme tooth pain, or if you have reason to believe you may need a tooth extracted or that you need other dental treatment, it is important to schedule an appointment to have the problem area examined. You can book an appointment online or by calling our office at 703-978-6000.


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