Tooth Extractions
Arlington VA


Tooth Extractions

A dental tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from the socket in the alveolar bone. In recent decades, the dental industry has concentrated on doing everything possible to help you maintain your natural teeth. With new medical and technology advances, you now have many new ways of keeping your natural teeth clean and free of bacteria and decay. Still, no matter how hard we try, tooth extractions still are necessary.

The caring team at Cherrydale Family Dental is quite conscientious when it comes to working with every member of the family, from infant to teenager to parents to grandparents. Patience is certainly a virtue in our quickly paced lives today. We enjoy and appreciate healthy smiles. If you have any questions at all regarding a tooth extraction, simply call Cherrydale Family Dental at 703-243-8288. You can find us at 4399 Old Dominion Drive, Arlington, VA, 22312.




At the center of each of your natural teeth, there is living soft tissue that is connected to the nerves of your tooth, called the pulp of the tooth. When the tooth becomes damaged in any way and it starts to decay into the tooth’s pulp, the pulp will become infected. When the pulp becomes damaged and infected, it can result in a toothache and serious discomfort in the tooth. If this is the case, we will first evaluate whether the natural tooth can be saved with a root canal procedure prior to resorting to a tooth extraction.

A root canal therapy is a procedure in which we drill into the natural tooth and remove the infected pulp from the tooth. Once the damaged pulp is totally removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned, we fill the roots and the pulp chamber with a rubbery substance and then seal the tooth closed. Millions of natural teeth are saved from extraction every year with root canal therapy.

However, when a root canal procedure cannot fix the infection the tooth must be extracted. The reason the tooth must be extracted is to first alleviate the pain you are experiencing and to also stop the infection from reaching your jawbone or any of the surrounding soft tissue.

Gum Disease

One of the leading causes of natural tooth loss, aside from infection, decay, or trauma, is Periodontal disease. This is an advanced stage of gum disease that causes the gums to slowly detach from the teeth. This happens when there is an excessive number of bacteria carrying plaque or tartar build up around the gum line. The gums will start to pull away from the teeth that create pockets of empty space that then become infected. This is when you notice your gums have become extremely swollen, red and bleed often. If this gum disease is left untreated, the connectivity tissue and ligaments that holds onto your teeth will start to lose their grip on the tooth. When the tooth has reached this point, we may be forced to extract it.

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth begin to erupt in our mid to late teens. In some cases, wisdom teeth will grow in perfectly straight, unpainful, and do not create any problems. However, in so many cases, wisdom teeth grow in crooked, there is not enough room, causing a misalignment issue.  Cherrydale Family Dental removes wisdom teeth quite often, whether they have erupted or have remained impacted below the surface.

We will recommend that you consider having your wisdom teeth extracted before they start causing problems. Even if your wisdom teeth are fully grown in and have caused you no problems to date, they may cause you issues in the future since they are the hardest teeth to maintain and therefore are more susceptible to infection in your later years.

Decay or Trauma

Accidents do happen, and when an accident happens involving a tooth it can cause result in unwanted discomfort from the trauma to the tooth. Usually we can repair damaged teeth by using a filling to fill in the cracks or fractures that were caused by the trauma. The new cracks will need to be filled to prevent any infection from starting and spreading, and to proactively to prevent decay. If a filling cannot repair the tooth, we may introduce a dental crown. A dental crown is used to cover the entire surface of the tooth. It is typically made of a ceramic, porcelain or a metal material that is used to cover the entire tooth from just above the gum line and to the tooth’s surface. If a filling or crown will not suffice, we may then have no choice but to extract the tooth to prevent further damage to the tooth and perhaps surrounding teeth as well.

What is the Procedure for a Tooth Extraction?

Simple Procedure

Using a local anesthetic to sufficiently numb the immediate area, we will loosen up your tooth and pull it out easily using a dental hand tool called an elevator. These procedures are done when the damaged or injured tooth that needs to be extracted has grown well above the gum line for proper access. We will use dental tools to loosen the tooth and lift it up and out of the gum line for a clean extraction. Gauze will be packed in the remaining cavity for a short period of time to stop any bleeding. The gums will grow together quickly.

Surgical Procedure

A surgical extraction is a bit more complicated procedure since it requires us to surgically create an incision into the gum to retrieve the tooth. This is usually necessary if wisdom tooth is impacted or a tooth is broken well below the gum line. A local anesthetic will again adequately numb the site and diminish any discomfort during these types of extractions. We can also discuss additional sedation options if you feel that your anxiety needs to be dealt with.


Quality Dental Care for ALL Family Members

At Cherrydale Family Dental, 4399 Old Dominion Dr., Arlington, VA, we work diligently every day to develop trusting and long-lasting relationships with each patient. We want to contribute to helping you prevent dental issues and to maintain good oral health to the best of your ability. We always look forward to seeing you and discussing what might be best for you and your smile. Please contact us at 703-243-8288 to discuss and evaluate if you might need a tooth extraction and how it might improve your quality of life.


Modern dentistry techniques, affordable prices and financial options make it easier than ever for you to have a bright and healthy smile. We are currently accepting new patients and we would love to help you get the smile you’ve always dreamed of.

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