If you have never had a tooth extracted before, it can sound like a daunting operation, however, in most cases, the actual procedure is relatively simple. In many cases, the fear of tooth extraction is more likely to be because the patient is unsure what to expect.
To ensure that you have the best possible experience, here is our guide for preparing for a tooth extraction.
Make sure you understand why you need your tooth/teeth extracted
There are a variety of different reasons why tooth extraction surgery may be necessary, for example:
- You have an overcrowded mouth
- You may need to create space in your mouth before orthodontic treatment
- Your teeth may be decayed or damaged past the point of repair
- Your teeth may be growing in the wrong direction and causing problems (this is a common reason for extracting wisdom teeth)
It’s important that you understand exactly why you are in need of tooth extraction, so be sure to ask your dentist to explain this to you if you are uncertain. Remember, if you are having adult teeth removed, they will not grow back.
Provide your dentist with a complete medical history
In order for your dentist to remove a tooth, anaesthetic will be used to numb your tooth and the surrounding area so that you won’t feel any pain. It’s important for your dentist to know of any vitamins or medications you are taking as they could have an impact on the anaesthetic used for your surgery. Local anaesthetics can sometimes cause reactions when combined with certain medicines.
It’s also important to make sure your dentist knows about any general health issues that you may have, especially if they are related to your heart or your blood.
Make your you have transportation to and from tooth extraction surgery
You may feel drowsy following tooth extraction, so it’s important to make sure you have someone else to drive you home. If possible, arrange for a family member or friend to drive you home and stay with you after extraction surgery.
Don’t smoke before tooth extraction
If you are a smoker, it is recommended that you refrain from smoking for 72 hours before your tooth extraction. Smoking can increase the risk of dry socket and infection.
Try not to worry
At Dentalia, our staff are highly professional and will do all that they can to ensure you are as comfortable as possible during your tooth extraction. If you are concerned that your mouth is overcrowded, or a tooth is badly damaged or decayed, call 01256 353033 to arrange an appointment.