Smiles at Fairfax Corner
4210 Fairfax Corner Ave W, Ste 220, Fairfax, VA 22030
Our team at Smiles at Fairfax Corner understands that life gets busy and it may be hard to keep up with your regular dental appointments and daily at-home hygiene routine. Unfortunately, that gives cavity-causing plaque a chance to build up and cause damage. If the dental decay reaches the sensitive tooth pulp, it can cause an excruciating toothache.
Our team at Smiles at Fairfax Corner is eager to work with you to ensure your teeth remain healthy. There are times, however, when a tooth is too damaged or decayed to save. Our dental professional will advise you if it’s in your best interest to have a tooth removed.
A tooth extraction is also called pulling a tooth or a tooth removal. All three terms mean the same thing. Tooth extraction is a very common procedure.
Teeth are not rigidly fixed to the jaw bone. Instead, they’re attached by fibers called periodontal ligaments. Our dentist will carefully manipulate your tooth to detach those ligaments, making it easy to extract a tooth.
People come to Smiles at Fairfax Corner to inquire about tooth removal for several reasons. Common reasons for tooth extractions include:
If you hear our dentist in Fairfax Corner refer to the type of extraction you need as a “simple tooth extraction,” it means the dentist expects the condition of the tooth and its shape to allow the tooth to come out easily. This is also referred to as an uncomplicated extraction.
A tooth extraction is a routine dental procedure, so our dentist can perform it right in the comfort of our Smiles at Fairfax Corner. In some cases, however, the dentist may refer you to an oral surgeon to perform the tooth extraction.
Most people have four wisdom teeth that come through the gum line during their later teen or early adult years. They are officially called third molars.
Often, your jaw does not have enough room for that third set of molars. When they try to push their way up past the gum line, the third molars may cause several health problems. When our team at Smiles at Fairfax Corner takes x-rays, we check to see if your wisdom teeth are causing any problems such as:
Our dentist may recommend you have all your wisdom teeth removed to eliminate existing problems or to prevent future problems. It is an easier procedure to have the wisdom teeth extracted before you turn 25. That is because the wisdom tooth roots aren’t fully developed yet and the jaw bone is not as dense as it will be later in life.
The first step to determining whether you need to have any teeth pulled is to schedule your exam at our office. We’ll take x-rays of your teeth, then evaluate their condition and discuss your options and concerns. From there, we will determine whether the natural tooth or teeth can be saved and restored to health, or if the best option extraction.
Call our office today at (703) 997-0928 to schedule an exam. We look forward to helping you.