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Is there anything I need to tell my dentist before I have a tooth pulled?

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Before having a tooth pulled, let your dentist know your complete medical history, the medications and supplements you take, and if you have:

  • Damaged or man-made heart valves
  • Congenital heart defect
  • Impaired immune system
  • Liver disease (cirrhosis)
  • An artificial joint, such as a hip replacement
  • History of bacterial endocarditis

SOURCES:

Weill Cornell Medical College, department of surgery: "Dental Extraction."

American Dental Association: "Tooth Extractions."

Kaiser Permanente: "Tooth Extraction for Gum Disease."

WebMD Medical Reference: "Tooth Extraction for Gum Disease."

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on September 13, 2020

SOURCES:

Weill Cornell Medical College, department of surgery: "Dental Extraction."

American Dental Association: "Tooth Extractions."

Kaiser Permanente: "Tooth Extraction for Gum Disease."

WebMD Medical Reference: "Tooth Extraction for Gum Disease."

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on September 13, 2020

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