If you’re thinking about getting a tooth extracted, you’re not alone. Tooth extraction is one of the most common procedures performed in the United States.
Dental extractions are safe and effective when performed by experienced dentists who have the right tools and experience. Tooth extraction is often a last resort when all other avenues have been exhausted in trying to save your natural teeth. There are many things you can do at home to help keep your mouth healthy between visits with your dentist.
Here are some things you should know before your procedure:
What is tooth extraction?
Tooth extraction is a way to remove teeth that have become too damaged or diseased to save. It’s usually done when there’s decay that can’t be cleaned and sealed properly, or when there’s an infection in the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth). Your dentist may also recommend it if you need to get a bridge or denture made but don’t have enough healthy teeth to be used as anchors.
A consultation with your dentist
Your dentist will examine your mouth and discuss any concerns or issues with you and explain why it’s necessary for them to remove a particular tooth from your mouth. You should have an opportunity to ask questions about the process as well as get information on what would happen if one of your other teeth had to be extracted instead of the one they’re looking at right now. They should also give you advice on what they think will be best for the future health of your mouth and jawbone so that you can make an informed decision
How do I prepare for my procedure?
Your dentist will give you detailed instructions about how to prepare for your procedure, including what medications and foods you should avoid beforehand so as not to interfere with anesthesia or make it more likely that complications occur after surgery. If possible, take these steps:
- Stop smoking at least 24 hours before surgery and try not to chew tobacco or dip since these habits can cause complications during surgery.
- Avoid aspirin and other blood thinners until after your surgery because they increase bleeding during surgery, which could lead to more serious problems later.