Tooth Extractions in Rochester Hills & St. Clair Shores, MI

Dental extractions can be intimidating procedures, but they are relatively common dental treatments, and our team has decades of combined experience performing gentle and painless tooth extractions. We also offer wisdom teeth removals, so patients do not have to be referred out to an oral surgeon’s office for any kind of dental extraction. To learn more about our tooth extraction services or schedule a consultation with our team, please contact our office!

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When are dental extractions considered necessary?

Our team works hard to help our patients keep their natural teeth as much as possible, but there are situations in which a dental extraction truly is the best option for the patient’s oral health. If a tooth has incurred excessive tooth decay or damage and a filling or crown can no longer be used to restore it, it will likely need to be removed and replaced. If a tooth is crowding the other teeth and causing damage or it’s impacted in the gums, it will need to be removed. Dental extractions are sometimes added to orthodontic treatment plans as well.

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What can I eat after having a tooth removed?

After you have one or more teeth extracted, it’s best to stick to soft foods that require minimal chewing for a while. This includes things like pudding, oatmeal, avocado, scrambled eggs, yogurt, and soup. If you choose to drink something like a smoothie or a milkshake, make sure you do not drink it through a straw, as that can cause a dry socket. After a few days, you can slowly start adding in foods that require more chewing, we just recommend that you allow your gums and jaw enough time to heal first.

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Can I go back to school or work after having a tooth removed?

We typically advise patients to take at least the rest of the day off after they have one or more teeth extracted, especially if any sedation is used during your appointment. You may end up feeling more worn out than you initially expected, so it’s best to not make any big plans after your procedure. Patients should also avoid any strenuous activities or exercise for a few days after their treatment. Too much activity too soon can cause the blood clot in the socket to come loose, which can be painful and disrupt the healing process.

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