How should I prepare for my tooth removal and extraction?

Before having your tooth removal and extraction, you should discuss the specifics of the surgery with your dentist or oral surgeon. You will want to make sure you know details like whether someone should come with you to your appointment to give you a ride home, what you will need to bring with you that day, and what you need to avoid prior to the surgery. You should also let them know what medications you take and whether you are a smoker. Additionally, you should find out how long the procedure will be, how many teeth will be removed, how long it takes to heal, what kind of anesthesia your dentist recommends, and whether the teeth being removed have damaged any of the surrounding teeth.

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