Tooth Extractions in Phoenix & Gilbert AZ
Preparation for Your Tooth Extraction
If you have an appointment for a tooth extraction at either our Phoenix, AZ, or our Gilbert, AZ, office of Dental Specialty Associates, you will want to prepare for the procedure. You may need to adjust your routine slightly for the days leading up to the extraction. Learn more about our wisdom teeth removal service.
If you regularly take medication, including vitamins, over-the-counter medication, or supplements, be sure to tell your doctor prior to your visit.
In addition to any medication you are taking, you should also inform your dentist about any other health issues you may have. These may include a congenital heart defect, history of bacterial endocarditis, diabetes, weakened immune system, liver disease, adrenal disease, thyroid disease, damaged heart valves, renal disease, an artificial joint, or hypertension.
Letting your dentist know about such conditions prior to your appointment can allow him or her to monitor you as those conditions may affect your procedure.
If you are susceptible to infection that may be associated with tooth extraction, your dentist might prescribe you antibiotics before your first appointment in an attempt to prevent this.
However, these aren’t the only precautions you should take.
Before your tooth removal, you should refrain from smoking to reduce oral irritants. On the day of your appointment, let our team know if you have been vomiting or have a cold or virus. In either of these scenarios, we may need to reschedule your appointment.
Also, have a trusted person designated to drive you home if you will receive general anesthesia.
Risks Associated With Tooth Extraction
As with every medical procedure, tooth extraction involves a few risks that may occur following the extraction. Be sure to let our team know if you have any of the following symptoms after your procedure: bleeding for more than 12 hours, swelling at the site, cough, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, fever, chills, or shortness of breath.