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At SC Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, we will make every effort to save your teeth, but sometimes, a tooth must be removed to preserve long-term oral and overall health.

In these situations, we can perform an extraction to remove a tooth.

When is an extraction necessary?

Typically, an extraction is performed on a tooth so seriously damaged or unhealthy that it is beyond repair. However, sometimes an extraction is necessary for orthodontic treatment.

Common causes for an extraction include the following:

  • Severe tooth decay
  • Injuries such as a severely broken or fractured tooth
  • Loss of supporting bone structure, a symptom of advanced gum disease
  • Infection
  • Overcrowding of teeth

SC Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry will evaluate each patient independently to determine if an extraction is necessary.

Surgical extractions

Did you know that a surgical tooth extraction is the most common type of surgery performed in the United States?

A surgical extraction is necessary if the tooth is broken at the gum line, requiring the dentist to make small incisions to remove the entire tooth.

One of the most common surgical extractions is to remove third molars, also known as wisdom teeth. Click here to learn more about our extraction of third molars.

Post-extraction care

After having a tooth removed, mild discomfort and tenderness are common symptoms. We suggest patients rest for the remainder of the day following their extraction procedure.

Good oral hygiene is crucial after an extraction, as well as adhering to these post-op care instructions:

  • Take pain medication as prescribed
  • Apply ice pack to face to reduce any swelling
  • Avoid drinking from a straw for 24 hours
  • Avoid smoking, as it inhibits healing
  • Avoid forceful spitting or rinsing for first 24 hours
  • The day after your extraction, begin gently rinsing with warm salt water after each meal
  • Consume a soft food diet until you feel comfortable enough to chew without pain
  • Rest for the first day, and then take it easy for the next few days (avoid heavy lifting or bending at the waist excessively
  • Continue good oral hygiene of brushing and flossing your other teeth, being careful not to brush over the extraction site until it heals

If you need a tooth extracted, please contact the office of SC Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry at (864) 647-9000 to schedule a consultation today.

SC Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry is proud to serve patients in the areas of Oconee County, Clemson, & Seneca SC.

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