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Before Tooth Extraction       

Before Tooth Extraction care and  correct dental instructions may contribute to your health and well-being.

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Key Benefits of Accurate Dental Care and Instructions:

  • Make post-surgical infection less likely or less severe.
  • Reduce local bleeding at the time of the surgery and after.
  • Promote post-surgical healing.

What to do Before Tooth Extraction

Alcohol Restrictions
  • Alcohol should be discontinued  before and following the surgical procedure.
Transport to and from the Appointment
  • When a general anesthetic or light sedation is used, the patient should not drive. Plans for someone to accompany and assist the patient should be made.
The Night Before the Appointment
  • A good night rest is advocated.
Personal Items
  • The clothing worn should be loose and comfortable. The sleeves should be easily drawn up over the elbows.
Contact Lenses and Dentures
  • You will be asked to remove contact lenses and dentures, and should bring containers for their safe keeping.

Keeping Infection Under Control

The removal of teeth can allow germs in the mouth to enter the bloodstream and cause infections in other parts of your body.

If you have difficulty fighting off infections you may need to take antibiotics before tooth extraction. This includes those who:

  • Have had bacterial endocarditis, an infection of the lining of the heart.
  • Were born with heart defects.
  • Have damaged or artificial heart valves.
  • Have artificial joints, such as a hip replacement.
  • Have diabetes or another disease that causes an impaired immune system.
  • Take steroids for other conditions, such as Crohn's disease or asthma.

Taking your Medical History

Some common medications for toothache relief can cause complications with
tooth extractions.

Over-the-counter (OTC) pain medications or Painkillers, may effect the blood clotting process:

Ginko Biloba  and Ginseng can also increase some bleeding problems.

As well, women who take oral contraceptives seem to be more likely to develop dry socket after a tooth extraction than those who don't.

Contact Dentist
Looking forward to hearing from you

Aleksandr V. Melekhin, DDS


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