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By The Bonner Dental Network, P.C.
June 21, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Tooth Extraction  

Tooth PainIn the past, a toothache often meant that the tooth would need to be removed; however, thanks to modern dentistry, most of the time the tooth can be saved. Of course, there are instances in which getting a tooth extraction is actually not only recommended but actually better for the health of your smile in the long run. Here are the most common reasons our Washington DC cosmetic dentist Dr. Leslie Bonner performs a tooth extraction.


Impacted teeth are teeth that are unable to grow in properly, partially emerging through the gums. This commonly happens with wisdom teeth, the third set of molars that usually develop around your teen years or early twenties. Impacted teeth are a problem because they leave a hole in your gums that can allow bacteria to enter.

To reduce your risk for infection, damage to surrounding teeth and other problems, our Washington DC dentist will often recommend having the impacted wisdom teeth removed.


If a patient is dealing with severe crowding and is planning to get braces, your dentist may recommend having one or two teeth removed prior to treatment to give your teeth enough room to shift around.

While braces are extremely effective at fixing crooked, misaligned smiles, if you are dealing with significant crowding then removing one or two teeth beforehand could make your treatment faster and more effective.

Dental Damage

While a broken or decayed tooth can easily be treated without needing to be removed, there are some instances in which damage can be severe enough that the only option is to extract the tooth.

This occurs when there is so much decay that none of the tooth’s structure is viable. If your tooth is severely broken or the crack has managed to develop below the gum line then the tooth will also need to be pulled and replaced.


One of the most common causes of tooth loss for adults is gum disease. If gum disease isn’t treated it will continue to create pockets of bacteria that will pull the gums away from the teeth. Over time, this leads to loose teeth and tooth loss.

If you are wondering whether your teen’s wisdom teeth will need to come out this is something that can be monitored during their six-month checkup. Of course, feel free to schedule an appointment or consultation with our dentist at The Bonner Dental Network in Washington DC to learn more about the dental services we offer.

By The Bonner Dental Network, P.C.
July 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Tooth Extraction  

Tooth ExtractionThough a tooth extraction is normally a last resort treatment for damaged or decayed teeth, they are sometimes necessary to save your smile. However, understanding when your dentist may use an extraction to repair your smile can help you determine if this is the best course of treatment for you. Find out more about when an extraction becomes necessary with Dr. Leslie Bonner at The Bonner Dental Network in Downtown Washington, DC.

Do I need an extraction? 
In most cases, dentists will only suggest extraction if other procedures like a filling or root canal cannot work to repair a broken, damaged, or heavily decayed tooth. Some of the signs a tooth is too far gone for dentists to correct with other methods include a severe toothache or a broken tooth. You may also need an extraction if you have an impacted tooth which has grown in sideways and not erupted from the gums. In other cases, dentists may extract a tooth to make room for the surrounding teeth to move, often before orthodontic treatment.

What can I expect during an extraction? 
Before your extraction, your dentist will use x-rays to fully understand the tooth’s situation and exactly how they should extract it. An extraction procedure always begins with administering a local anesthetic to numb the area of the tooth to ensure that the patient does not feel any pain or discomfort during their treatment. Your dentist will use specialized tools to carefully rock your tooth out of its socket and remove it from the bone. If your tooth is impacted, your dentist will open the gum tissue to reach the tooth and remove it before closing the gum tissue with stitches.

Tooth Extraction in Downtown Washington, DC
If you think you need a tooth extraction, you should speak to your dentist as soon as possible. Putting off an extraction can result in serious issues and discomfort. After your extraction, be sure to follow your dentist’s care instructions carefully. For more information on extractions, please contact Dr. Bonner at The Bonner Dental Network in Downtown Washington, DC. Call (202) 249-9131 to schedule your appointment today!

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