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At Roanoke Dental, Dr. David Jones and Dr. Priyanka Dutt offer tooth extraction services for our patients and their families in Roanoke, Virginia, and the surrounding communities. Why are tooth extractions necessary?

Sometimes an ailing tooth cannot be restored with a root canal treatment, whether because of severe decay or injury. Other causes of tooth extractions might be if a tooth cannot erupt properly through the gums, or to prepare the mouth for orthodontia in the case of tooth crowding.

Infection

If bacteria enters the tooth pulp where the blood vessels and nerves live, it can cause infection of the tooth. Sometimes antibiotics can eliminate the infection, but if it doesn’t, the tooth will be pulled to keep the infection from spreading.

In other situations where someone’s immune system is weak due to illness or chemotherapy, etc. an infected tooth may need to be extracted.

If a patient has severe gum disease, known as periodontal disease, where an infection of the surrounding tissue and bone supporting a tooth result in the tooth loosening, it might be necessary to remove the tooth.

After Extraction

After a tooth has been pulled by one of our dentists, you will receive detailed aftercare instructions to facilitate proper healing.

Once the area is healed you will be ready for a dental restoration to replace the missing tooth (or teeth). Since missing teeth can allow surrounding teeth to shift, it is advisable to have the tooth replace with a dental crown, dental implant, fixed bridge or denture.

Depending on your needs, Dr. David Jones and Dr. Priyanka Dutt can help you decide which restoration option best fits your situation. If you have any questions, or would simply like to schedule a visit with our team, please call 540-685-0105 today!