How to Prepare for Your Tooth Extraction?

How to Prepare for Your Tooth Extraction?

Posted by DR. GURI S. DHALIWAL on Dec 23 2021, 07:43 AM

How to Prepare for Your Tooth Extraction?

Losing a tooth in our childhood meant a visit from the tooth fairy. It was an essential part of our life journey. Today, tooth extraction requires professional help from experienced dentists if and when the need arises.

It usually becomes necessary if you are suffering from periodontal diseases or if a tooth is putting pressure on the adjacent ones. It is also needed in cases where the tooth damage is beyond the scope of a filling or a crown

So how does one prepare for tooth extraction?

What is Tooth Extraction?

The full removal of one or more teeth from the mouth is referred to as tooth extraction. A dental surgeon is generally the one who performs this surgery. To numb the region around your problematic tooth, they will simply induce anesthesia. Because of the anesthesia, you will feel some pressure but no discomfort during the process. 

Forceps are used to loosen your tooth before extracting it. If your tooth fails to erupt or becomes impacted, you will need to remove it surgically. 

What to Do Before the Treatment?

In general, you should not consume anything for 12 hours before the procedure. This can help prevent nausea, both during and after the surgery. It's also important to keep in mind that you can't smoke for 12 hours, before and after surgery. Along with all these processes, the affected patient should share their medical history with the dentist. 

The dentist will examine your dental and medical history before pulling your tooth, and after that, will take an x-ray. The shape, position, and length of the surrounding bone and teeth will be visible in the x-ray. This information will assist the dentist to determine the procedure's difficulty level. 

Eating After Tooth Extraction

  • 24 hours after the surgery, avoid chewing with the injured portions of your mouth. 
  • Make sure your food and beverages are not too hot or cold while the area is still numb.
  • Avoid items that are hard or have sharp edges.
  • Soft meals, not merely ice cream and jelly, are recommended.
  • Mashed potatoes, eggs, smoothies, mashed vegetables, soup, and spaghetti are easy to eat while you recover.
  • When you're lying down, use pillows to keep your head up.
  • After the first 24 hours, rinse your mouth with saltwater.


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