How to Prepare for a Tooth Extraction

Tips on How To Prepare for a Tooth Extraction

Do you recall when losing a tooth was so fun and exciting as a child? It was mostly a right of passage into first grade. Most of us can say we often received a financial reward from the all-mighty tooth fairy! As an adult, losing a tooth isn’t so glamorous. Instead of receiving money and treats, you find out real fast that you only receive dental exams and dental implants. Undergoing a tooth extraction can be stressful, but it’s easier if you’re fully prepared for the procedure ahead of time. Though some crucial steps need to be followed in preparing for your procedure.


Ask Plenty of Questions

If you find you have questions, ask them! When you meet with your oral surgeon about your tooth extraction procedure, make sure you make a complete list of all the questions you have. This is your opportunity to make sure you understand your tooth extraction process entirely. 

There are no silly questions. Part of your dentist’s job is to be sure you are comfortable and understand everything. Not only is it your right to know, but you should want to know all the technicalities involved with the treatment.

Complete Medical History Transparency

Before your procedure, it is essential to offer your entire medical history. You should be thorough and be sure to not leave out any details. 

Some details that should be shared include:

  • If you’ve ever had liver disease
  • Do you have an impaired immune system
  • Your history of bacterial endocarditis
  • Any mechanical or bio heart valves
  • Congenital heart defect
  • Artificial joint replacements

The conditions above can cause a patient to be more susceptible to infections. 

It is vital to also include a complete list of current medications, so the dental provider avoids any potential drug interactions. If you’re currently taking blood thinners, it may be recommended that you cease taking them before your dental appointment. Doing so will significantly decrease the risk of bleeding throughout the procedure. Blood thinners will most likely prolong your healing process after a tooth extraction is completed. 

There Will Be Anesthesia and Painkillers

You will most likely be administered anesthesia or sedation IV when undergoing your tooth extraction. Discussing which substances will be utilized for your specific treatment is something that shouldn’t be overlooked. Some patients may know which type of anesthesia or sedation works well for them and what brands they should avoid. If you’ve experienced anesthesia before, it is a great idea to let your doctor know which side effects you experienced. Your dentist can develop a medication plan which will ensure you are comfortable while not at risk. 

Typically, painkillers are prescribed as part of the recovery process. If you have a preference for types of sedatives, you should make your dentist aware. Painkillers are known to become addictive, so switching to non-narcotic substances as soon as possible is suggested.

Do Not Eat Before Your Surgery

Before any type of surgery, you should avoid eating anything for 12 hours. This will help prevent nausea during and after your dental procedure. For those of you who receive a local anesthetic, you won’t need to fast as long. Make your oral surgeon aware if you have any conditions such as diabetes that prohibit you from fasting.  

Also, keep in mind that you cannot smoke cigarettes or tobacco for at least 12 hours before your surgery and 24 hours after. This would be an ideal time to altogether quit smoking for good. Smoking cigarettes after the dental procedure will slow down the healing process and place you at higher risk for “dry socket,” a severe condition requiring immediate medical attention. 

Dental Insurance

The ideal time to fully understand your dental coverage is well-before scheduled procedure. Make sure to speak with your dental insurance provider to ensure they cover the dental work that is expected to be completed. The last thing patients want to deal with when recovering a tooth extraction surgery is insurance claims, and unexpected bills you’re responsible for paying. 

Organize Post Tooth Extraction Transportation

You will not be in a position to drive yourself home after your surgery. The large number of patients who expect to be able to operate a vehicle and drive themselves home after receiving anesthesia is surprising. It is your dentist’s responsibility to make sure you are safe during and immediately after your dental procedures. Under no circumstances will you be permitted to drive your vehicle impaired! Even local anesthesia will impair your reflexes. 

It is vital to arrange for a family member, friend, or co-worker to drive you home after your procedure is completed. You can ask the front office to call a taxi or an Uber to pick you up after your surgery.  

It would be best to take time off work, arrange for childcare, and ask someone to stay overnight with you. It is also recommended to have soft foods prepared, so you won’t need to worry about cooking. 

What to Wear to Your Tooth Extraction Surgery

You should dress comfortably for your dental surgery. Loose-fitting, relaxed clothing is suggested. You may also consider wearing a short-sleeved shirt, in case you plan to receive IV drips.

Most dentists recommend wearing old clothing. Doctors and their dental staff will do their best to be careful, sometimes garments do get stained. 

Other things to keep in mind:

  • Don’t wear any jewelry
  • Avoid wearing contact lenses
  • Do not wear dark lipstick
  • Don’t apply perfumes or body sprays
  • Pull your hair away from your face when possible

It is a good idea to bring some chapstick with you to keep your lips moisturized.

Home Care After Getting a Tooth Pulled

After your tooth extraction is completed, your dentist will recommend eating only soft foods so as not to chew anything hard. Protein drinks, smoothies, and yogurt are all great choices.

You will most likely find it challenging to sense your cheeks and tongue until after the anesthesia has worn off. You should avoid drinking with straws, forcibly spitting, and rinsing your mouth out. These activities are highly likely to assist in dry socket development.

You’ll want to relax for one to two days after the procedure. When lying down, make sure to prop-up your head on pillows. Avoid brushing the extraction site, and be sure to take the painkillers as directed.

You should expect some swelling, but you should immediately notify your doctor if you notice any of the following symptoms:

  • Shortness of breath or chest pain
  • Severe bleeding or swelling
  • Fever or chills
  • Nausea or vomiting

There Is No Reason To Stress

Our dental staff in Farmers Branch, TX, understands that tooth extractions cause most people to be nervous. As experienced dental service providers, we realize we need to build your trust. We completely understand what is involved with extracting a patient’s teeth in a safe, effective manner. We will strive to make sure you have the most pleasant dental procedure experience possible and will guide you every step. We encourage you to contact our dental care coordinators with any questions regarding tooth extractions.

Time To Visit Champion Dental Dentist

If you need to schedule a tooth extraction surgery, our skilled dentists can make sure you keep your teeth and mouth healthy.

Call Champion Dental in Farmers Branch, Texas Today, and Schedule Your Consultation. (214)747-0763

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