Getting Ready for a Tooth Extraction from an Oral Surgeon

Many people will need to visit an Oral Surgeon for a tooth extraction at some point in their lives. Whether your tooth is infected and rotting or you just need to make space in your mouth for your other teeth, there are situations where tooth extraction is unavoidable.

Although having an Oral Surgeon remove your tooth may seem scary, you can make sure you have a positive experience if you prepare.

Preparing for your tooth extraction

Before the dentist removes your tooth, there are a few steps that you should take to ensure the process goes smoothly. This will help your Oral Surgeon with the tooth extraction, and it may also ease many of your worries before your surgery.

Ask questions

When your dentist or oral surgeon first tells you that you will need to have a tooth removed, make sure you ask questions about the procedure. One reason why some people are afraid to have a tooth removed is that they are unfamiliar with the extraction process. Ask your oral surgeon why your tooth needs to be removed. Find out what steps your oral surgeon will take when removing your tooth. This will make you more comfortable when it is time for your tooth extraction.

Provide a list of medications

It is important to tell your oral surgeon all the medications that you are currently taking. Even if all you take is a multi-vitamin, your oral surgeon needs to know. Some medications interact negatively with anesthesia, and you do not want to have a problem during your surgery.

Find reliable transportation

If you need general anesthesia for your surgery, you will not be able to drive yourself home when your procedure is over. Arrange for a friend or family member to take you to your appointment and to take you home. Depending on how you feel after your surgery, you might need to ask this person to help you make it inside your home and get situated as well.

Take any prescribed medications

Sometimes an oral surgeon will prescribe antibiotics or other medication for you to take before your surgery. Make sure to take this medication as instructed. Set a reminder so that you do not forget to take it. These antibiotics will make sure that you do not increase your risk of infection due to the surgery.

Familiarize yourself with post-surgery care

Before your tooth is removed, you should ask your oral surgeon about post-extraction care. If you want to avoid dry sockets, infection or any other health risks, you are going to need to follow certain steps. Ask about the best ways to protect your gums and your oral health after surgery so that you are prepared when your appointment is over.

Follow instructions from your oral surgeon

One of the most important ways to make sure you are ready for your tooth extraction is to follow all your surgeon’s instructions. If you are told to monitor yourself for any signs of sickness before your surgery, make sure you do so. If you are asked to fast before your appointment or told to avoid certain foods, follow these instructions. Remember that your oral surgeon is the expert when it comes to tooth extraction. If you want your extraction to go well, you need to listen to your dental specialist.

Are you ready for your tooth extraction?

If you keep the steps above in mind, you should have no problems when it comes to your surgery. Speak with your oral surgeon if you have questions.

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