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What Should You Not Do Before Tooth Extraction?

November 10, 2022
Posted By: Dr. Christine Wang

Your dentist decides to extract a tooth for various reasons, and there are things you should not do before (or after) a tooth extraction, including smoking or chewing with an at-risk tooth.

Let’s explore why you might need dental extractions in Aurora, IL, and the steps you should take to guarantee a favorable result.

4 Reasons You Might Need Tooth Extractions

#1 Deep Decay or Damage

Deep decay or damage to the tooth may mean extraction if it cannot be saved through dental crowning. In this case, your Aurora dentist will recommend tooth replacement options like dental implants to restore your smile.

Replacing your extracted tooth is essential to maintain your oral health and smile.

#2 Failed Root Canal

Most root canals are successful, but if your root canal fails and cannot be fixed, your dentist may suggest an extraction and tooth replacement.

Root canals remove canal infections to save a tooth.

#3 For Restorative Treatments

Sometimes your dentist recommends extraction before orthodontics like Invisalign, prior to dentures, or for overcrowding.

#4 Wisdom Teeth

You don’t need wisdom teeth—third molars that erupt in the late teens or early 20s. So, if yours cause trouble, partially erupting or encroaching on space, your dentist may suggest extraction.

Tooth Extractions: What Not to Do

Dentists recommend not smoking following extraction, but it’s also a good idea not to smoke in the hours leading up to treatment. Smoking impedes blood flow to the extraction site and slows healing.

You should also be sure to let your dentist know if you’re on any medications. For example, blood thinners, including aspirin, can cause complications during your extractions and healing.

Follow all instructions provided by your dentist—both pre and post-extraction. And always call our dental office if you have any questions.

For Gentle Tooth Extractions in Aurora, Contact Us

Extractions can seem scary, but not to worry. We use powerful anesthesia and are with you throughout treatment. And extraction does not have to mean the end of your smile. On the contrary, sometimes it gives you a fresh start!

Give us a call today to get started.

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