Tooth Extraction in Burke VA and Chevy Chase MD

We take a conservative approach to tooth extraction.

You and Dr. Ghannam may determine that you need a tooth extraction for any number of reasons. We take that decision seriously.

Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed; others may have advanced periodontal disease, or have broken in a way that cannot be repaired. Other teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth), or in preparation for orthodontic treatment. Sometimes a baby tooth has misshapen or long roots that prevent it from falling out as it should, and the tooth must be removed to make way for the permanent tooth to erupt. At other times, a tooth may have so much decay that it puts the surrounding teeth and jaw at risk of decay, so your we may recommend removal and replacement with a bridge or implant. Infection, orthodontic correction, or problems with a wisdom tooth can also require removal of a tooth.

We understand that removing teeth can be worrisome, so we take a conservative approach when even suggesting tooth extraction.


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There are several common reasons for tooth extraction.

Why do I need a tooth removed?

A tooth extraction, put simply, is the removal of a tooth from the mouth. Dental extractions are most often performed because a tooth has sustained damage or decay, or cannot be saved by root canal treatment, or to prepare for the placement of a dental implant. Advanced gum disease may be another contributing factor in a tooth extraction.

Other reasons for a tooth extraction include making space in the mouth for braces or other orthodontic treatment, or in the case of pediatric patients, to allow room for adult teeth to grow.

Artisan Dental will prevent further problems.

We’ll help resolve any ongoing issues.

When it is determined that a tooth needs to be removed, Dr. Ghannam may extract the tooth during a regular checkup or may schedule another visit for this procedure. While this procedure is typically very quick, it is important to share with your doctor any concerns or preferences for sedation.

Once a tooth has been removed, neighboring teeth may shift, causing problems with chewing or with your jaw joint function. To avoid these complications, Dr. Ghannam may recommend that you replace the extracted tooth, and he’ll help you resolve any ongoing issues to prevent future problems.