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Oral Surgery

Every tooth serves an important role in your mouth. Extraction of a single functional tooth causes a great burden for your remaining teeth. When enough teeth are missing, stresses can cause fractures or shifting in your remaining teeth, or breakdown of supporting bone and gums.

However, there are teeth that should be removed...

...because they are not restorable from gum disease, decay or trauma. We use very conservative methods for gentle removal of teeth, and work hard to ensure your comfort during and after the procedure. If the tooth to be removed is in a visible area we make every conscious effort to have a replacement at time of removal or shortly after.

Oral hygiene is very important, even after surgery.

Following the instructions below can help promote proper healing and hygiene.

  1. Try not to rinse your mouth on the day of surgery to avoid dislodging the blood clot. (You can still eat and drink, though!)

  2. Beginning the day following your surgery, rinse your mouth gently with a solution of 1/2 teaspoon of salt dissolved in a large glass of water. Repeat after every meal or snack for seven days. Rinsing is important because it removes food particles and debris from the socket area and thus helps prevent infection and promote healing. Brush your tongue daily with a toothbrush to keep bacteria growth down, but be careful not to touch the extraction site.

  3. The day following your procedure, you may resume your regular tooth brushing, but avoid disturbing the surgical site so as not to loosen or remove the blood clot.

  4. Maintain a proper diet. Have your meals at the usual time. Eat soft, nutritious foods and drink plenty of liquids - with meals and in between. Have what you wish, but be careful not to disturb the blood clot. Add solid foods to your diet as soon as they are comfortable to chew. Be careful not to eat hot and spicy or acidic foods.

You can also download our Post-Op Instructions PDF here.