There are many reasons why people might need to have a tooth extracted. Some of the most common reasons that an oral surgeon may have to remove a tooth include irreparable damage due to decay, relief of overcrowding, helping impacted teeth, treating periodontal disease, and others. Even though the procedure may be necessary, it is normal to feel a bit anxious about your procedure.
Here are a few tips to prepare for your extraction and how to feel confident and comfortable with the process:
1.) Talk with your dentist
Be sure to speak with your dentist about whether or not extraction is the right surgery for you. Your dentist will be able to explain any potential benefits and risks of oral surgery. Feel free to ask any questions that you might have to make sure that you are comfortable with the procedure. Ask about any pre- and post-operation instructions you need to follow before and after your surgery.
- Follow your pre-operation plan
It is important to remember to follow the guidelines and instructions given to you by your dentist. Your pre-operation plan will be carefully designed to reduce any possible complications that may arise during and after your surgery.
If your surgery requires general anesthesia, you may be asked to avoid eating food and drinking water for a certain amount of hours before the surgery. If you smoke, your doctor may ask you to avoid smoking as well. No matter what, make sure to follow the instructions from your dentist. If you have any questions about your pre-op instructions, always ask for clarification ahead of time.
- Prepare for your post-operation transportation
If your surgery requires general anesthesia, you won’t be able to drive yourself home after your operation. Arrange for someone to drive you home from the surgery well in advance. You won’t want to be scrambling to make plans after your surgery.
- Take your prescribed antibiotics
Your dentist may prescribe antibiotics to take before your surgery if the affected area is infected. Make sure to take the antibiotics as prescribed, and to complete the entire course of treatment. If the affected area is still showing signs of infection on the day of surgery, you will likely have to reschedule.
Babylon Dental Care Is Here For You
If you are experiencing dental issues and need to have a tooth extracted, call Babylon Dental Care today at (631) 983-6665 or use our website to schedule an appointment with our experienced and compassionate team of dental professionals today. We’ll take care of you, and we’re ready to help.