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How to Prepare for a Tooth Extraction

When you are a child, losing a tooth means a secret visit by the Tooth Fairy who would gift you a new set of teeth. As an adult, it is a lot less exciting! In reality, you will have to sit in a huge chair illuminated by blinding light, enduring lengthy seated sessions with someone looking and poking inside your mouth using edgy and frightening devices.

Tooth extraction can be stressful, but it’s a smooth and simple procedure once you prepare yourself for it. Dentists can recommend tooth extraction for jaw pain, orthodontic purposes, wisdom tooth pain, extensive decay, or infection.

Here are some key steps by the best dentists in Mumbai that will help you prepare for tooth extraction.

Get Everything Cleared

If you have any confusion or doubts regarding the procedure, clear it! Do not hesitate at all and make sure you understand the entire procedure from your dentist or oral surgeon. The best dentists in Mumbai claim that no question is too silly. We would be happy to help you and make you comfortable.

Share your complete medical history 

Before your tooth extraction, it is important to share your thorough medical history. 

  • You should inform them if you are a diabetic, hypertensive or asthmatic. 
  • You should enlist all your current medications, so your dentist can avoid any possible drug interactions.  
  • It is wise to inform your dentist regarding bacterial endocarditis history, congenital cardiovascular disease, mechanical or biological valves as these conditions can make a patient more susceptible to infections. 

Past dental experience

If you’ve had jaw pain, wisdom tooth pain, dental treatment, anesthesia, or sedation before, let your dentist know if you have experienced any kind of side effects in the past. For a quick and cozy recovery, take painkillers and antibiotics. Therefore, inform your dentist if you have any allergies or preferences.

Avoid smoking before the procedure

It is necessary to note that you cannot smoke for 12 hours before the procedure and 24 hours after as it will interfere with the healing process.

Organize Transportation and Care

It is advisable to arrange for a friend or family member to accompany you home after the tooth extraction procedure as there may be a tiny chance you won’t be comfortable driving back home. Alternatively, you can book a cab.

Home Care After Getting a Tooth Extraction by the best dentists in Mumbai

The following can help minimize discomfort, reduce the risk of infection, and speed recovery.

  • Take painkillers as prescribed.
  • Bite gently on the gauze pad placed by your dentist for 40-50 minutes to reduce bleeding and allow a clot to form in the tooth socket. 
  • After tooth extraction, use an ice pack on the area, but at a time for just ten minutes. Applying it longer can damage the tissue.
  • Rest for the next 24 hours after the procedure and limit your activities for a few days.
  • Refrain from rinsing, spitting, or using a straw (any vigorous mouth movements) 24 hours after the procedure to prevent dislodging the blood clot.
  • Eat soft foods, such as soup, pudding, rice, yogurt, or mashed potatoes the day after the extraction. It is preferable to avoid spicy and hot foodstuffs.

Don’t Stress- It’s not as bad as you may think

Tooth extractions make most of you nervous and anxious. Our team at The Dental Bond strives to provide you with the most enjoyable and efficient experience ahead. We encourage you to contact our team with any questions about tooth extractions or to schedule a consultation. 

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