Preparing For Your Tooth Extraction

santa rosa extractionWhen you have a tooth that needs to be removed, an extraction could make the process comfortable and simple, often taking as little as 30 minutes. In today’s blog, your Santa Rosa , CA, oral surgeons talk about how you should prepare for this procedure.

Extracting Your Tooth

The procedure is a simple one, and usually only takes about 30 minutes to complete. We start with an exam using digital x-rays and imaging systems to carefully plan the procedure and avoid sinus cavities or nerve tissues. We then administer anesthetic and sedation to help you stay calm and comfortable, with little to no memory of the procedure at all afterward. When you’re comfortable, we gently remove the tooth with a pair of forceps, and use special medications to preserve the extraction site and the ridge.

Getting Ready

In the eight hours before going to bed, be sure you avoid any foods and drinks. You should also avoid tobacco products, and brush and floss before the appointment begins. You will likely be groggy, so arrange for a friend or family member to drop you off and pick you up, and also pick up your prescribed medications too. To ensure you’re comfortable, wear loose fitting and cozy clothes. Before the medication kicks in you should use the bathroom, ask us any questions, and handle your financial transactions.


Once you’re home, take any prescribed medications as instructed, and you can also take over-the-counter pain relievers to ease discomfort. For the first three to four hours, you will need to change your gauze pad every 20 minutes, until you notice little to no blood on the gauze. Rinse with salt water, not mouthwash, a few times a day for the first week, but NOT on the day of the procedure. Keep your head elevated when you lay down for the first day or two to avoid swelling. An ice pack helps, but make sure it’s not making direct contact with your skin. Don’t eat for two hours after the procedure, but then for the first day or two keep to soft foods. You can brush and floss, just be gentle. Don’t exercise or engage in vigorous activity for the first three days. In the same time period, also avoid straws or poking the site with your tongue. If you have any questions about undergoing oral surgery, then contact our team today.

Do You Have Any Questions About Oral Surgery?

We would like to help you enjoy better oral health and more attractive smiles with oral surgery. To learn more about getting ready for your treatment, then schedule a consultation by calling Santa Rosa Oral Surgery in Santa Rosa, CA, today at 707-545-4625.