Before, During & After Tooth Extraction
What to do before, during & after a tooth extraction
Before a Tooth Extraction
Prior to the tooth extraction appointment, please let our dentist at Prestige Dental know if you have any of the conditions mentioned below, since these conditions may require that you take antibiotics before the tooth extraction procedure:
- Rheumatic heart disease
- Heart valve replacement or other heart problems
- Artificial joints
- Cancer or are currently undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy
- Blood disorder
- Organ transplants
- Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
- Taking bisphosphates (Fosamax®, Boniva®, Actonel®, Aredia® , or Zometia® ) for osteoporosis,
bone pain, Padget’s disease, hypercalcemia, myeloma, cancer, or other conditions
Bring a list of all medications you are taking including any over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements. Some supplements like garlic, ginseng, or ginkgo biloba may increase your tendency for prolonged bleeding, so it’s important you let us know at Prestige Dental. We recommend not taking aspirin or any medications that contain aspirin up to 3 days prior to the tooth extraction surgery. Always check with our Pasadena dentist Dr. Bouzoghlanian before starting or stopping these medications.
Also, make sure to do the following before your appointment:
- Fill any prescriptions given ahead of time by our dentist so that you can go directly home and relax after the procedure.
- Stock your kitchen with soft foods and juices prior to your appointment. Suggestions include fruit juices, gelatin (Jello), yogurt, pudding, bananas, soups, boiled, steamed or pureed vegetables, mashed potatoes, bananas, soft bread and other soft foods.
- Don’t forget to eat! Unless intravenous sedation will be performed, come to the appointment with your tummy full, since you may not be able to eat for several hours after the visit.
- Take any medications our dentist has required such as antibiotics or pain medication.
You may have someone accompany you to the tooth extraction appointment at our Pasadena dental office. If oral or intravenous sedation will be used, we recommend not driving or completing any important personal tasks until the next day. Wear loose, comfortable clothing to the appointment. Button down shirts are preferable.
During a Tooth Extraction
During the tooth extraction procedure at our Pasadena dental office, Dr. Bouzoghlanian will make you feel comfortable. At Prestige Dental, we will pamper you in our top modern office to help melt away anxiety associated with the procedure! We recommend relaxing as everything is set up for the dental extraction procedure. For pain management, the anesthesia method right for you is used to ensure comfort and relaxation
After Tooth Extraction Surgery
At Prestige Dental, Dr. Bouzoghlanian will provide you with both written and verbal instructions on what to do after the extraction procedure. These include instructions on how to clean the area, foods to eat and foods to avoid, suggestions on how to manage discomfort, what medications to take, etc.
You will experience some bleeding from your gums for the first 2 to 3 hours after the tooth extraction. In order to control this, bite down on gauze to apply pressure to the area where the tooth was removed for 15 minutes. Repeat this process several times throughout the day. If bleeding does not subside, contact our Pasadena dentist at Prestige Dental immediately.
Keep your mouth clean following the tooth extraction to avoid infection. After the 24 hours have passed, you may gently rinse your mouth with salt water every 4 hours to help heal the wound. Refrain from rinsing with salt water until one day AFTER the tooth extraction.
Most pain for patients is mild to moderate. At our Pasadena dental office, Dr. Bouzoghlanian will prescribe an appropriate medication to manage any pain or discomfort. If the discomfort worsens days after the tooth extraction, please contact our Pasadena dentist immediately for additional medication or antibiotics. For the following 10-14 days after surgery, our Pasadena dentist at Prestige Dental recommends eating only soft foods while the extraction socket heals. Also, avoid consuming alcohol or using any tobacco.
You may drink liquids shortly after tooth extraction surgery. For the first 24 hours, we recommend consuming only full liquids like milk, ice cream, soup, juices and milkshakes. After 24 hours, consume a soft diet of foods that do not require much chewing until the area has healed.
Remember, if you have any sign of swelling, infection, fever, or persistent bleeding, contact our Pasadena dentist at Prestige Dental immediately.