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The Tooth of the Matter: A Dental Blog

You only have one set of adult teeth, and they need to last until you are 80, 90, or beyond. The actions you take towards your teeth today will either benefit you or harm you in the future. Of course, good dental care starts with seeing a dentist regularly. You should go in for cleanings and checkups, and any other time you think something might be amiss with your teeth. Education is important when it comes to any aspect of your health, so start reading the articles on this website to educate yourself about dentists and dental care. We promise that when you're 80 and you still have your teeth, you won't regret the time spent.


The Tooth of the Matter: A Dental Blog

How To Prepare For A Tooth Extraction

Sofia Curtis

It might seem like a scary process to go through but sometimes it's necessary to have your tooth pulled. If you have never experienced it before you might imagine that will be painful and worry about infection. You can minimize the risk of anything going wrong afterward by taking a few steps ahead of the tooth extraction. Here are some ways to prepare for a tooth extraction ahead of time.

Talk To Your Dentist Or Surgeon

It's a good idea to talk with your dentist or oral surgeon ahead of the procedure to understand the tooth extraction process and what to expect before, during, and after it's done. For example, do you need to brush and floss right before or is it better to wait until after? How do you care for the wound after the extraction?  If you have any questions or concerns, now is the time to ask them. It's better to ask your questions now because it can go a long way to helping you not feel so anxious about the procedure.

While you are talking to your dentist or oral surgeon, you need to give them your medical history. This is especially true if you have had any serious illnesses or have any birth defects like a congenital heart defect. You should also report other issues such as liver disease, joint replacements, or if you have a compromised immune system.

Many of these conditions can increase the risk you might have of getting an infection. If the dentist or oral surgeon is aware of the possible problems, they can work to reduce the risk to you.

Don't Eat Before The Procedure

For the most part, you shouldn't eat anything for a few hours before the tooth extraction. Your dentist or oral surgeon will tell you at what time to stop eating. This is to help to prevent any nausea or sick feelings that could occur due to any anesthesia or local anesthetic that will be used. It also helps to keep your teeth clean so no residue from leftover food can potentially lead to infection.

Also, it's not advised to smoke in the hours before the tooth extraction either. You also should not smoke for at least a day after it's completed. When you smoke before or after the procedure it can actually slow down the time it will take to heal after the surgery. You will also be at greater risk for a condition known as "dry socket." This is a serious medical condition that will require medical attention right away.

Have A Driver

It is not recommended to drive yourself to or from your tooth extraction. Having a tooth pulled can lead to some disorientation and lightheadedness. This is especially true if you are put under anesthesia. Local anesthesia can also impair your reflexes and response time. Ahead of your procedure, arrange to have a driver take you to your appointment and wait to take you home.