Family Dentist Harpers Ferry


In some cases, a tooth may become so damaged that root canal therapy and other conservative treatments are unable to restore it to health. When this occurs, we may recommend extraction.

Extraction completely removes a damaged, decayed, or infected tooth. We can perform simple extractions in our local Harpers Ferry dental office. For more complex treatment, we may refer you to a trusted specialist. We may advise tooth replacement options once healing is complete.

Post-Extraction Care

After your extraction, you will need to be driven home by a friend or family member. You will require rest, but lie with your head propped on a pillow to prevent prolonged bleeding.

We will apply gauze when your extraction is complete. When it becomes soaked, change it for a fresh piece. Use pain medication and ice pack as directed for pain and swelling. If bleeding continues beyond 24 hours, contact our office immediately.

For the first few days following extraction, limit your diet to soft foods. Avoid smoking or using a straw, as the pressures created by these actions can slow clotting and loosen sutures.

For more information or an extraction consultation, contact our office.