Although quick and painless, tooth extractions can cause several complications when unprepared. So, be diligent and prepare yourself for smooth results.
What to Expect Before the Extraction?
Before extracting a tooth or two, your dentist will discuss some things with you first. Prepare for a personalized consultation with them, share your concerns, and layout personal conditions they must know about you.
Hence, this is the best time to tell your dentist if you have any of the following conditions:
- Liver disease
- Thyroid disease
- Renal disease
- An artificial joint
- A weak immune system
- Contracted bacterial endocarditis
Not informing your dentist of these conditions may lead to further complications. And at this point, your teeth will be the least of your concerns.
So, be diligent and share everything in your medical history with your dental provider.
What to Prepare During Tooth Extraction Day?
Here are a few tips to remember during extraction day and make it as smooth as possible:
- Consult an anesthetist for procedures done under general anesthetic.
- Avoid using tobacco products before and after the tooth extraction.
- Organize an uber or lift home if you’re receiving general anesthesia. Do NOT drive!
Besides these, inform your dentist if you’re experiencing or have developed any symptoms before your appointment. You may need to reschedule or get a different anesthesia if you experience the following:
- Sudden onset of flu.
- Excess vomiting.
What Do You Need to Do After Getting Your Tooth Extracted?
After getting your tooth extracted, your dentist will give you detailed instructions on what you must do and what you can expect. After all, managing post-op care is essential to guarantee smooth and proper healing.
Hence, if you have inquiries regarding aftercare, always ask your dentist before leaving the clinic!
But like any medical procedure, expect to experience mild discomfort after tooth extraction. You can deal with these by taking the prescribed medication given by your dentist. It can help you combat swelling and general pain.
Aside from that, here are additional tips for better management of extraction recovery:
- Bite a gauze pad for half an hour after the extraction to stop the bleeding.
- Place an ice pack on your cheeks or near the extraction site for 20 minutes. Do this in intervals to reduce inflammation.
- Bite on a cotton pad for 10 minutes if you’re experiencing heavy bleeding.
- Relax and do not engage in strenuous activities for the first week or until you feel better.
- Do not smoke for at least three days after the tooth extraction.
- Keep the extraction site clean with salt water after the first day of the oral surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What do I need to do before having my tooth extracted?
A: You must fast and not eat for at least half a day (12 hours) before tooth extraction. It can prevent nausea or dizziness during and after the surgery. But if you’re going to be administered with a local anesthetic, you don’t need to fast as long as 12 hours.
Q: How soon can I eat solid foods after a tooth extraction?
A: You must wait at least a day after tooth extraction. And at this time, it’s best to consume soft foods and liquids. Once you feel more comfortable, you can ease into your regular diet.
Q: How long will I wait to drink water after tooth extraction?
A: After 1 to 2 hours of extraction, you can drink plain water. But if you wish to drink sugary or carbonated beverages like soda, you must wait at least seven days after the surgery.
Looking for Professional Tooth Extraction?
Dr. Mexico offers professional tooth extractions, ensuring fast and clean results. You can schedule your appointment by calling us at (619) 819-9442 or visiting our Zona Rio office.