There are many reasons why it may be necessary to have a tooth extraction. Some teeth need to be removed because of overcrowding in the mouth, infection, decay, or damage from a traumatic injury. Regardless of the reason for your tooth extraction, below are some tips to help you prepare.

What to Tell Your Surgeon Before A Tooth Extraction

Before the procedure, you will be asked to disclose the following information:

  • Your complete medical history
  • Any medications you are currently taking

What to Expect Prior to Your Surgery

Before your extraction, your dentist or oral surgeon will perform x-rays to assess the condition and placement of your teeth, which will be used to determine your treatment plan. Your surgeon will review anesthetic options with you prior to your surgery. Your oral surgeon will also fully prepare you for what to expect before, during, and after surgery. You may also be given other pre-surgery instructions to follow, which could include guidelines such as fasting before the procedure if deep sedation is requested.

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What to Expect on the Day of Your Surgery

Before the extraction, your oral surgeon will give you a local anesthetic to numb the areas surrounding the tooth that will be extracted. In some cases, deep sedation may also be administered. Your surgeon will review the typical process of the procedure with you and answer any last-minute questions you may have.

Schedule An Appointment

Do you have additional questions about how to prepare for a dental extraction? Schedule a consultation with one of our oral surgeons to review your options.