Tooth Extractions

Do I need A Tooth Extraction?

You and Dr. Eckert, Dr. Harsha, Dr. Maxwell, Dr. Cofer or Dr. Johnson may determine that you need a tooth extraction for any number of reasons. Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed; others may have advanced periodontal disease, or have broken in a way that cannot be repaired. Other teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth), or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.

The removal of a single tooth can lead to problems related to your chewing ability, problems with your jaw joint, and shifting teeth, which can have a major impact on your dental health.

To avoid these complications, in most cases, Drs. Eckert, Harsha, Maxwell, Cofer or Johnson will discuss alternatives to extractions as well as replacement of the extracted tooth.

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The Tooth Extraction Process

At the time of extraction the doctor will need to numb your tooth, jaw bone and gums that surround the area with a local anesthetic.

During the extraction process you will feel a lot of pressure. This is from the process of firmly rocking the tooth in order to widen the socket for removal.

You feel the pressure without pain as the anesthetic has numbed the nerves stopping the transference of pain, yet the nerves that transmit pressure are not profoundly affected.

If you do feel pain at any time during the extraction please let us know right away.

Sectioning a Tooth

Some teeth require sectioning. This is a very common procedure done when a tooth is so firmly anchored in its socket or the root is curved and the socket can’t expand enough to remove it. The doctor simply cuts the tooth into sections then removes each section one at a time.

After Tooth Extraction

For details on home care after tooth extraction, see the page “After Extractions” under “Surgical Instructions”.

Coastal Carolina Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

5 out of 5 stars based on 17 Tooth Extraction reviews.

Patient Review by Bob L

Coastal Carolina is top notch with professional and friendly service from everyone that works there. Dr. Cofer is exceptional and I really appreicate that he continually tells you what he is doing while doing it. I had major molar extracted with zero pain during removal and zero pain afterwards. My mouth feels completely normal afterwards with no need for any pain medications.

- Bob L

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Patient Review by Donald B

Haven’t been to appt yet

- Donald B

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Patient Review by Nancy P

Preface this to say I am terrified of going to a dentist. From the minute I was called by Patrick, Dr. Cofer's assistant, I began to lose some of my apprehension. He was so reassuring, understanding and calming. Dr. Cofer is amazing. I had to have a broken tooth extracted. Dr. Cofer accomplished that with no pain. There was the novocaine pinch, but other than that, painless. I can't recommend this office high enough. Five stars don't seem sufficient enough.

- Nancy P

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Patient Review by clem b

This is the most amazing dental surgery office and practice I have ever been to. Everyone is so kind and caring. They lower the anxiety level of patients by 100%! I cannot praise everyone here enough!! Thank you all!!!

- clem b

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Patient Review by Emiliano Lopez A

Mi hijo tiene una cita programada para el 10 de noviembre del 2020

- Emiliano Lopez A

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Patient Review by Mary M

I was referred to this office by Aspen Dental and I am happy I was. My appointment was for 1:15 and I was called into the exam room at 1:15. Dr. Cofer came into the room and introduced himself. Asked me a few questions and asked if I would like the tooth extracted then. I went into another room where he administrated the novocain. When I was numb he told me what would be happening and talked to me through the whole procedure . It was quick and easy. They sent me home with very good instructions and said they would call tonight to check on me. Dr. Cofer called me himself to make sure I was doing ok. It was the best dental experience I have ever had. Dr. Cofer and his staff are super. I have recommended this office and Dr Cofer to a friend that needs an extraction.

- Mary M

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Patient Review by Daniel S

I visited Dr. Maxwell in 2016 for a possible tooth extraction. This extraction was ordered by another DDS. Dr. Maxwell discussed with me and agreed that this tooth could wait and when ready it was ready to remove to give a call for the extraction. It lasted for 3 years. I called his office I got an appointment time. I was there for my appointment and 10 minute wait. I was seated, dressed and tooth was extracted. The assistant gave me all the instructions, paper work and necessary prescriptions. All and all it was a extreme professional visit for an 81 year old. Thank you Dr. Maxwell and crew.

- Daniel S

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Patient Review by Liana M

Dr. ECKERT is the best oral surgeon ever! He & the staff are kind, professional, knowledgeable, & the best at explaining & executing their jobs! Thorough, comforting, & did I say kind?! I highly recommend them for all oral surgerical needs! God bless them & theirs! Thank you so much for your seamless & perfect assistance in the past, & for my current & upcoming needs!

- Liana M

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Patient Review by Jonathan T

Great staff and dr

- Jonathan T

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Patient Review by John B

I want to thank the entire staff at Coastal Carolina Oral Surgery for the kind professional treatment I received. You are the best. You provide medical care the way it should be provided. Sincerely, John

- John B

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Patient Review by Elaine M M

Excellent service

- Elaine M M

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Patient Review by Angela C

Will recommend

- Angela C

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Patient Review by Ryan M

Excellent staff, great service

- Ryan M

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Patient Review by David A

Great staff ! Dr maxwell was great too

- David A

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Patient Review by Patti S

Fabulous experience. Smooth and painless.

- Patti S

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Patient Review by Jane H

Fantastic. Especially for chickens

- Jane H

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Patient Review by Kasey H

Could not more pleased

- Kasey H

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