With proper oral hygiene and regular dental checkups, it is possible that you can keep all of your teeth for life. But sometimes things happen that make it necessary to extract teeth. The decision to extract a tooth is usually made when the tooth cannot be saved by other methods and extraction and replacement is considered to be the best option.
Teeth that are damaged or decayed may be able to be saved by restoration. A dental crown can repair a tooth by rebuilding it and making it healthy and strong. When a tooth is diseased on the inside through to the pulp, its inner chamber, root canal is the only way to save it. Root canal clears out the inner infection and fills the tooth with material to restore it to health and full function. Root canal is usually successful, but on rare occasions it has to be repeated or the infection is too great and the tooth cannot be saved.
Sometimes teeth need to be extracted because they are positioned incorrectly and are crowding the mouth or presenting a risk of damage to other teeth. Wisdom teeth, the third and final set of molars or back teeth, are very often impacted or positioned at an angle and need to be removed. Sometimes teeth need to be removed in order for braces or other orthodontic procedures to work correctly.
Whatever the reason for tooth extraction, the process is usually simple if it involves teeth near the front of the mouth. These teeth have simple roots, while the back teeth have a more complex root structure. Simple extractions are usually done with a local anesthetic that numbs the area so you will feel no pain, but you will be awake through the procedure. General anesthesia that puts you to sleep is usually administered if you are undergoing removal of wisdom teeth, impacted teeth or if you are having several teeth removed at once.
Tooth extraction today is done with modern technology and anesthetics to make the procedure more efficient and comfortable than ever before. There are options available to help you relax even if you are awake for a simple extraction. If you have any questions about tooth extraction or would like to learn more, call us now for an appointment.
We look forward to the opportunity to serve you and if we can be of service, please refer to our Patient Library section, or if you would like to request an appointment, please contact us by email.
Dr. Vakay is fabulous! She is the BEST dentist I have ever had.
I have always been a dental coward. When a tooth ache got very bad, I went to the Centreville Dental Wellness Center for help. This started me on a long period of processes, treatments and gentle care that has allowed me to overcome my fear and to bring my dental health back to where it is supposed to be. I can’t thank the staff at the Centreville Dental Wellness Center enough for their sensitive care.
I have been a patient at the Centreville Dental Wellness Center for approximately 15 years. I cannot offer enough praise for Dr. Vakay! She is without a doubt a top notch professional and accepts nothing but perfection in her work. She is by far the best dentist I have ever had. Thank you for your exceptional dental treatment and services!
Excellent practice. We were referred to them by a specialist that works with the Redskins . They are a class act. We recently made the switch for our kids from a pediatric dentist to Centreville Dental Wellness. Very happy we did. They are very kid friendly and did superior cleanings than the prior dentist. Highly recommend them.
This dental practice is absolutely wonderful. I have had multiple procedures and follow ups that have made me love my smile again! I have a lot of trepidation about dental work but this practice has made me enjoy the entire experience. My three year old daughter has recently become a patient as well and they were extra nurturing! Excellent practice! I travel from Arlington to continue to see them!
We were excited to open our doors on May 1 for regular patient care. We will continue to strive to provide a clean, safe and caring environment. You may notice a few differences when you arrive at our office, but they are part of the new protocol we have implemented.
IMPORTANT: rather than entering our office upon arrival, please call us first (703-815-0775) to let us know you’re here. You will be asked some screening questions over the phone, and then may enter our reception area where your temperature will be taken and hand sanitizer provided. You will then be escorted to a disinfected treatment room.
We are excited to welcome you back to our office!