To undergo a surgical tooth extraction, as is the case with any oral surgery, a patient must meet certain requirements related to both their oral health and their overall health.

For example, if you are planning to have your wisdom teeth removed, your case will be thoroughly reviewed to ensure that it is safe for you to undergo the surgery and accompanying anesthesia. Your oral and maxillofacial surgeon also will gather radiographic data about the location of the teeth to plan the surgery.

Your oral surgeon will also want to minimize your risks of post-operative complications, so any factors that could create problems, such as dry mouth or the presence of extensive oral bacteria, should be addressed prior to surgery.

Your overall health can also affect your suitability for wisdom tooth extraction. For example, patients who take certain medications, like blood thinners, may need to discontinue those medications for a few days prior to the procedure. Your oral surgeon will advise you if this is necessary.

Certain patients taking bisphosphonate medications may need to have a “drug holiday” from these medications before any surgery is performed.

Pregnancy status also plays a role when and whether surgery can be performed and if a form of anesthesia is utilized.

Other medical treatments can also influence tooth extraction. Radiation treatment for head and neck cancers may weaken the jawbone and affect your oral surgeon’s approach to the extraction, or the surgeon could choose to delay the extraction until additional hyperbaric oxygen treatment is complete. If possible, the surgeon may pursue tooth extraction before a patient begins chemotherapy or radiation treatment.

Infections or other short-term illnesses outside of the mouth can also affect the timing of your tooth extraction. If you have a fever or a cold, upper respiratory infection, you may need to delay the procedure due to anesthesia risks.

To minimize your risk of complications following tooth extraction, it’s important to be sure that you are healthy enough to undergo the procedure. Disclose all of your health concerns to your oral surgeon in advance so that you and the surgeon can plan adequately for tooth extraction.

If you are considering a surgical tooth extraction, or any other oral surgery procedure, contact ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio at 312-328-9000 and schedule your informative consultation today.