Is Tooth Extraction Safe if You’re Sick?

You have a tooth extraction scheduled, but you woke up with the sniffles. You feel run down and think you might have a cold. Should you reschedule your appointment?

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Cold and flu season is well underway here in Utah, so this is a common question from patients who have an upcoming oral surgery. But whether we need to reschedule your surgery depends on a few key factors.

Tooth Extraction Is Usually Safe with a Head Cold

You might be reluctant to postpone your appointment even if you don’t feel well. Perhaps it’s difficult for you to take time off from work. Or maybe you are in pain and ready to have that tooth removed.

Whatever your reason, you may not have to reschedule your extraction or oral surgery. If you are certain you only have a simple head cold and you feel up to having the procedure, we may be able to perform your extraction.

When Tooth Extraction Is NOT Safe

If you have symptoms beyond a slightly stuffy or runny nose, the oral surgery procedure will likely have to wait. A sore throat, fatigue, fever and muscle or body aches all point to you having the flu — not a cold.

Difficulty breathing freely through your nose can pose a problem during oral surgery. Coughing can also complicate matters and spread your cold around the office — it’s difficult to cover your mouth during the procedure. So if you have the flu or bronchitis, we may need to reschedule your extraction.

That is also the case if you are experiencing nausea or vomiting, or if you have been diagnosed with an infection or contagious condition of any kind.

Call Before Coming to Your Tooth Extraction Appointment

The best way to know if your cold will prevent you from having your tooth extracted is to contact our office.

Our staff will ask you some questions about your symptoms to clarify whether you can go ahead with your scheduled tooth extraction. In some cases, we may recommend you come in to discuss the matter with the surgeon. Dr. Partridge or Dr. Maxfield may need to evaluate the severity of your symptoms to determine the right course of action.

The professional team at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah places your safety and comfort first. We don’t want to postpone your oral surgery procedure, but rescheduling may be necessary if you’ve fallen victim to cold and flu season.

For answers to more of your tooth extraction questions, explore our website or contact one of our three convenient Salt Lake City area offices today.