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How to Prepare for Tooth Extraction

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There are many reasons a tooth may need to be extracted. Wisdom teeth can be especially problematic, in some cases causing pain and developing malformed. People with small mouths often develop cavities in wisdom teeth, because they’re difficult to brush and floss, and food particles tend to get trapped between the teeth and cheeks. Dentists may recommend extraction to reduce overcrowding or if a tooth is badly infected or decayed beyond repair.

The reason for your tooth extraction at our Auburn CA dental office will be addressed at your exam. You can also expect…

X-Ray Scan

Sometimes tooth damage is visible on the surface visible. However, damage that penetrates to the inner layers of a tooth and will require an x-ray for confirmation. X-rays show us the inside of your teeth and gums, as well as teeth roots, nerve pathways, and the jawbone. They help dentists determine how to treat a tooth, whether it is decayed, cracked, impacted, or has developed improperly and is causing pain. Today, digital x-rays emit only 80% of the radiation that used to be required for x-ray imaging.

Medical History

When tooth extraction is recommended, Dr. Luminita Markham will ask you about your medical history. Be sure to mention your allergies, preexisting conditions, and all medications you are currently taking. Some conditions that may require special attention during your surgery include:

  • Liver disease
  • Undergoing chemotherapy
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Congenital heart defect
  • Compromised immune system
  • History of bacterial endocarditis
  • Damaged or manmade heart valves


All surgery comes with a risk of infection, so most patients can expect to take antibiotics after a tooth extraction. In some instances, patients may need to start antibiotics before the procedure. This may be the case if your tooth was badly infected or if you have a higher than normal risk of infection due to an impaired immune system.

Soft Foods and Pain Killers

Following a tooth extraction, you’ll need to eat a soft diet for a few days. Prepare beforehand by stocking up on soft foods you enjoy. The most common are:

  • Yogurt
  • Oatmeal
  • Ice cream
  • Chicken broth
  • Popsicles
  • Vegetable soup
  • Mashed potatoes

Also, do not use a straw for the first week after the procedure. Suction can dislodge the blood clot that will form as part of natural healing, where the tooth is extracted.

Quit Smoking

If you are a habitual smoker, this may be the most difficult preparatory step for an extraction, but it is necessary. At the very least, you will need to refrain from smoking on the day of your extraction and the day immediately following. Smoking reduces blood flow, which can slow the healing process and increase the risk of developing an infection. Smoking can also increase the likelihood of developing a painful condition known as dry socket.

Arrive a Few Minutes Early

Even if Maidu Dental is where you receive all your dental care, you may need to sign some documentation upon arrival. Because of this, it’s a good idea to arrive a few minutes early on the day of your surgery. Be sure to bring your current insurance card, ID, and payment if applicable.

Contact Maidu Dental

At Maidu Dental, our dentists have decades of experience with dentistry and tooth extractions. We also provide sedation dentistry for patients who request or need it. If you decide to be sedated during treatment, please remember to arrange transportation with a friend or family member.

To book your tooth extraction surgery or schedule a consultation, contact us online or give us a call at 530-823-8771. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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