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Tooth Extraction During Cold & Flu Season: What You Need to Know

Is tooth extraction safe when you’re sick?

Once cold and flu season starts in Indiana, patients with upcoming procedures at Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery call to ask us this very question. Our answer? A mild head cold may not require you to reschedule a tooth extraction, but flu-like symptoms are a different story.

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When Tooth Extraction Is Safe

If you’re in pain, you want to have your tooth extracted as soon as possible. Waking up sick on the day of your appointment can be disappointing, but a minor cold shouldn’t present a problem.

Colds often present with a mild sore throat along with a runny or stuffy nose and slight cough. If that describes how you’re feeling, you can probably keep your current extraction appointment.

When to Reschedule Tooth Extraction

If you have the flu or are experiencing flu-like symptoms, getting your tooth extracted will likely have to wait.

With the flu, a sore throat, runny nose and nasal congestion also occur — but the symptoms are generally more severe than with a head cold, and they come on more quickly. Other signs that you may have the flu instead of a cold include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Body aches
  • Painful swallowing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle weakness
  • Chest discomfort
  • Persistent, hacking cough

In addition, certain conditions may require you to reschedule your procedure:

  • A head cold moving into the chest
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
  • Continual coughing
  • Inability to breathe through the nose

What to Do if You Feel Sick on Tooth Extraction Day

If you’re scheduled to have a tooth extracted at Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery but you feel sick on the day of your appointment, call our office.

Our staff will ask about your specific symptoms to clarify whether you’re suffering from a head cold or the flu. If it’s the former, we may be able to proceed. But if you have any symptoms that point to the flu, we’ll likely ask you to reschedule your extraction.

Sometimes it’s difficult to tell the difference between a cold and the flu. So we may recommend that you come in for a consultation to discuss the matter with your oral surgeon. Upon examination, Dr. Garrison or Dr. Kelly will be able to recommend a safe course of action.

Here at Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we know you might not like the idea of postponing your procedure, but your safety always comes first. If you’re too sick to have your tooth extracted, we’ll try to get you into the office as soon as possible once you’re feeling better.

For more information on Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, or to discuss tooth extraction with our expert team, contact our Indianapolis office today.