Things to Do to Prepare for a Tooth Extraction

Nov. 15, 2019 ⋅ Categories: Dental Blog

Having a tooth pulled can be frightening. If your teeth are loose, some are broken, or they have become severely decayed, sometimes our dentist may not be able to repair them with fillings, root canals, crowns, or other safety procedures. When that is the case, a dental extraction may be the best option to restore the health of your mouth.  We want you to know that a tooth extraction is a simple procedure that is performed on a daily basis by our staff. Before you undergo a tooth extraction, we will cover the procedure steps so we inform you about what to expect.

Preparing for Extraction

Make a list of all the vitamins, prescriptions, and over-the-counter medications you are taking as well as any health issues. This could play a role in what anesthetic we have available to use. Arrange a ride to and from our office because the anesthesia lasts beyond the surgery. Abstain from eating for 12 years prior to extraction. This reduces the risk of food being inhaled into the lungs while you are under for the procedure.

Post Extraction Surgery

In most cases, you will be numbed and slightly sedated for a few hours following surgery. Gauze will be placed over the area that usually will have stitches. These are usually the type that will dissolve and go away on their own. For the next 7-10 days, you will need to avoid dry socket. This is when the blood clot is dislodged and the bone and nerves underneath are exposed. It’s rare unless you smoke, use birth control, or fail to follow the post-operation instructions we send you home with. Avoid strenuous activity that gets the blood pumping. You need to take it easy for a few days. After 24 hours, gargle salt and water throughout the day, as this will keep it bacteria-free. For the swelling, apply a small bag of ice to the outside cheek in the area. Avoid soft and sticky foods that could get stuck.

It is a relatively common procedure that when you follow the recommended routine, rarely involves any complications. It can seem like a tall order, but the relief you will feel afterward will make it well worth it. If you need more information or have further questions, call us today. We are happy to help.

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