Mom and Teenage Daughter Smiling and HuggingHaving a tooth extraction isn’t necessarily something many Virginia Beach men and women look forward to. However, it’s one of the top procedures our doctors perform at Coastal Virginia Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. There are many reasons why tooth extraction may be necessary. Our doctors believe in fully educating every patient they see; therefore, in this blog, we will discuss some of the reasons why you may need a tooth extraction.

What is Tooth Extraction?

Tooth extraction is another way of describing the procedure of pulling a tooth. In most cases, the process is simple. When you visit our office in Virginia Beach for a consultation, our doctors will first identify the tooth of concern and then work to extract it. Sometimes they are able to simply wiggle the tooth back and forth to expand the socket and loosen the tooth root’s hold on the gums. This allows our doctors to perform tooth extraction where the entire tooth is pulled out all at once. Other times, our doctors need to perform a surgical procedure to complete a tooth extraction. They will employ minimally invasive techniques to successfully remove the tooth.

Why Would I Need a Tooth Extraction?

Our doctors will make every effort to save damaged, disease, or loose teeth from a tooth extraction. However, sometimes, there is no way to save a tooth. Some of the most common reasons our doctors perform tooth extractions in Virginia Beach are:

Severe Tooth Decay

This is the most common reason for a tooth extraction. When a tooth has been affected by cavities that have reached the center of the tooth, our doctors may need to remove the tooth. They will assess whether or not a root canal will be effective prior to performing a tooth extraction, but in order to prevent infection from spreading throughout the mouth – and body – the tooth must be addressed in some way.

Gum Disease or Periodontal Disease

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, causes the gums to shrink and detach from the tooth and tooth roots. When this separation occurs, a pocket is formed in which food debris and bacteria can settle. This debris and bacteria lead to infection of the gums, and when gums are infected, tooth loss can occur. This can happen with natural teeth, or with dental implants. If you develop gum disease, make sure to visit our doctors soon so they can address the disease early and protect your teeth or dental implants.

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Impacted teeth are teeth that are unable to properly erupt from the gum line because they are at an angle or there is no room in the mouth for them. This often happens with wisdom teeth, and when it does, it can cause other oral health problems. Impacted teeth can cause oral infections that can eventually lead to damage to other teeth, tooth roots, and gums. By performing a tooth extraction, our doctors are able to protect your overall oral health.


Overcrowding is another main reason why you may need a tooth extraction. Many Virginia Beach patients must have a tooth extracted in order to make room for the remaining teeth to sit properly in the mouth. This procedure also benefits the overall appearance of one’s smile and is often performed on patients who are receiving orthodontic treatment. Our doctors can perform a tooth extraction to alleviate your overcrowding and protect your smile.

Trauma or Accident

Finally, a tooth extraction may need to be performed after facial trauma or accident in which the mouth and teeth were damaged. Again, our doctors will do everything they can to save damaged teeth, but when a tooth is no longer salvageable, tooth extraction is required.

Let Our Doctors Help You with a Tooth Extraction

From the front office to the exam room, our doctors have developed a practice full of professionals who take every patient’s oral health very seriously. Using state-of-the-art equipment designed with safety and efficiency in mind enables us to stay committed to offering top-notch care. Your safety and comfort are our top priorities.

If you need to discuss a tooth extraction with one of our doctors, don’t hesitate to call our office in Virginia Beach!