Before having a tooth extraction, let your dentist know about:
- History of bacterial endocarditis
- Damaged or man-made heart valves
- Congenital heart defect
- Impaired immune system
- Liver disease (cirrhosis)
- Artificial joints, such as knee or hip replacement
Or any other serious medical conditions. This is essential because tooth extractions are completely safe – but it’s always critical for your doctor to know your full medical history.
Before extractions, your dentist will perform x-rays. A full panoramic x-ray is needed to determine positions potentially affected by surgery.
Simple dental extraction involves removal of teeth visible in the mouth. This is handled with tools called elevators and forceps. Surgical tooth extractions are more complex, however, and involve making incisions into the gum tissue.
It is important we discuss your daily habits to follow in your life after surgery so we can make sure you get the proper post-op instructions.
Aftercare at home is critical. You may have to spend significant time in bed after surgery, so prepare for rest. Find a comfortable, reclining position for this.
Avoid smoking while recovering. The sucking motion can cause bleeding or damage. For the first couple of days, place an ice pack on that area for 15 minutes, followed by rest for 15 minutes.
After 24 hours, rinsing your mouth four times a day and after meals with salt water is strongly advised. Stick to soft foods, such as soups and yogurts rich in Vitamin A or C, for the first two days. Avoid crunchy or hard foods, such as popcorn or pretzel sticks, for six to eight weeks.
Avoid hot foods and drinks. Don't drink out of a straw or consume alcohol for the first 24 hours following your surgery.
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