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In some cases, teeth need to be extracted (removed). This generally occurs due to extensive disease/decay, trauma or crowding. If your case is complex, or you are considering an implant, we may refer you to a specialist for the extraction. Prior to an extraction, we will discuss risks and benefits, post-extraction home care instructions, and tooth replacement options.

How to help your extraction site heal:

  • Soft, cool diet

  • Avoid the use of straws

  • Avoid alcohol

  • Resume gentle brushing in area 24 hours after appointment (unless otherwise instructed)

  • Avoid vigorously rinsing

  • Do not smoke

  • Ice

  • Take medications as directed


Your dentist may provide additional or different instructions for your post-extraction care depending on your individual case. It is important to follow all instructions given to you. If you have any concerns or questions following an extraction, it is important to call us as soon as possible!


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