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Tooth Extractions Specialist

Mosaic Dental

Cosmetic, Family, Implant and General Dentistry located in Sterling, VA

It’s the goal of good dental care to keep your teeth healthy and intact for as long as possible, but there are some situations where a tooth can be more trouble than it’s worth. If you need to remove a troublesome tooth from your smile, the team at Mosaic Dental can help. Anuradha Beri, BDS, CAGS, MSD, Zia Rizvi, DDS, and their team of dedicated dental professionals provide excellent tooth extractions at their state-of-the-art clinic in Sterling, Virginia. Schedule your consultation today by calling the office or booking online.

Tooth Extractions Q&A

What are tooth extractions?

Tooth extractions are the professional and medical removal of a tooth from your mouth.

The team at Mosaic Dental is highly skilled in extracting teeth. They have helped many patients achieve healthier smiles with extractions. The dental experts will make sure that your extraction is safe, effective, and beneficial to your overall oral health.

Why would I need a tooth extraction?

There are many different reasons why it might be necessary to remove one or more of your teeth, including:

Severe damage or decay

If you have a tooth with extensive damage or decay, an extraction might significantly improve your oral health. Tooth extractions are typically a last resort for damage or decay and the team at Mosaic Dental will likely try to first restore your tooth with a crown or root canal.

Preparation for orthodontic treatment

If you have severely crowded teeth that you want to straighten with orthodontic treatment, the team might recommend removing one or more teeth so your orthodontics have more room to properly realign your smile.

To make room for dentures

If you’ve lost most of your teeth and want to replace them with full dentures, you might need to extract your remaining teeth so the dentures will fit in your mouth.

Wisdom teeth

Many people don’t have enough room in their mouth for their wisdom teeth, which are your third set of molars that typically emerge when you’re in your early 20s. If your wisdom teeth are impacted or they’re crowding or damaging your other teeth, the team might suggest extracting them.

What is involved with tooth extractions?

Tooth extractions are either simple or surgical, depending on your needs.

Simple extraction

A simple extraction removes a tooth that’s already emerged through the gumline. The Mosaic Dental team uses a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and its surrounding tissue. They then use a special tool called an elevator to rock the tooth back and forth and loosen it from its socket. 

Once it’s sufficiently loose, they simply pull the tooth out of its socket and pack the area with gauze.

Surgical extraction

A surgical extraction is necessary if your tooth is impacted, or stuck beneath your gums or jawbone. When you get a surgical extraction, the team numbs the extraction site, then makes an incision to expose the tooth.

Depending on the size and orientation of the tooth, they might need to section it — or cut it up into smaller pieces — before removing it. Once the tooth is out, they use sutures to close your incision site.

To learn more about tooth extractions or to schedule your extraction, call Mosaic Dental or book a visit online today.