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Tooth extractions for damaged teeth

Treatments such as tooth extraction are complex procedures that require both the skills and experience of a professional dentist in the Haymarket and Gainesville, Virginia area. Drs. Sina Reangber and Scott Koo and the team at Lifetime Smiles understand that many patients mistakenly believe that dental extraction is done in a series of seconds with a pair of pliers. However, this is not exactly all that is done. The teeth have established a root system that needs to be entirely removed to prevent problems in the future, especially teeth that are severely damaged with decay. Properly removing a tooth allows for easier placement of restorations in the future and prevents other problems that may arise if the tooth is not extracted correctly. 

Why might I need a tooth extracted? 

There are several reasons why a patient might be talking to a dentist about extracting one or more teeth. Below are just a few of the more common reasons for removal:

  • Severe infection or disease
  • Bone fractures
  • Broken tooth roots from injury or trauma
  • Later stages of gum disease
  • Severe tooth decay
  • Pain due to impaction of a wisdom tooth
  • Preparation for restorations such as complete dentures
  • Failed root canal therapy 

How tooth extraction works 

Tooth extraction is performed by an experienced professional to ensure it is done safely and correctly. It starts by ensuring the patient is comfortable with local anesthetics and sedation if needed. Patients may experience some pressure during a simple extraction when a tooth is removed. If the tooth is underneath the gum line, the dentist will need to perform what is known as a surgical extraction. That requires them to cut into the gums to remove the teeth from the jawbone before stitching the gum tissues. That is a more invasive procedure and requires a longer recovery time than simple extractions. 

Learn more about emergency and wisdom tooth extraction 

If you live in the areas of Haymarket or Gainesville, VA, and believe you may need dental extractions, we welcome you to call Lifetime Smiles at (571) 248-7389 to request an appointment. We are conveniently located at 5391 Merchants View Square and assist new and returning patients with family, cosmetic, and implant dentistry.