Dental Extractions

in Summerville, SC!

Whether you know for sure that you need one or more teeth extracted or you suspect that you may need to schedule a dental extraction procedure, our team would be glad to help. Our compassionate team always strives to provide comfortable and efficient dental extraction treatments that go as quickly and smoothly as possible. To learn more about our services or schedule your next visit with our team, please contact our office!

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Why would I need a dental extraction?

Dental extractions are one of the more invasive restorative treatments within dentistry, so we try to reserve them as a last resort. However, there are cases in which a dental extraction is the best option for the patient. Common reasons that patients receive dental extractions include:

  • Advanced tooth decay
  • Irreparable dental trauma
  • Severe periodontal disease
  • Infection or abscess
  • Orthodontic issues
  • Impacted teeth
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What can you eat after a dental extraction?

After you have one or more teeth removed, it’s important to start with soft foods and small bites. Things like blended soups, smoothies, avocados, scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, and pudding are all good choices to begin with. Patients should avoid smoking and drinking anything through a straw during their recovery, as these activities can cause a painful complication called a dry socket. Crunchy, chewy, and potentially sharp foods like chips should be the last things that are added back into your diet after the extraction site has healed and you’re feeling more back to normal.

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Can I go back to work or school after an extraction?

Even if you are only having one tooth removed, it is still oral surgery, and you should plan to take at least a day or two off from your normal routine to rest and recover. We recommend finding some low-activity things to do after your extraction, like watching movies, reading, or playing video games. You should also keep your head propped up to help reduce any swelling that occurs. Once you return to school or work, you may want to still take it as easy as possible and continue eating soft foods to keep your healing process on track.

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