While nobody likes the thought of having a tooth removed, sometimes it is necessary, particularly in the case of wisdom teeth that have become impacted or teeth that have been badly damaged by decay. At Soar Valley Dental Practice we will only remove a tooth when it is strictly clinically necessary and when other options such as root canal treatment are not viable.
All of our dentists are experienced in oral surgery and extractions and nine times out of ten the procedure can be carried out here at the practice. If your case is particularly complex you may be referred to a specialist at another practice, in which case you will be able to choose where you are referred to.
Extractions are usually carried out under local anaesthetic so you won’t feel any pain, although you may feel a little pressure, pushing and pulling. Good aftercare is essential following a tooth extraction, and as well as providing you with full aftercare advice we will also give you a follow-up call a day or two after your procedure to check that you are healing properly and aren’t experiencing any problems. If you do experience anything that concerns you, please get in touch with us and we will provide you with advice and see you again if necessary.
Fragments of bone sometimes work their way out of the socket. This is normal, and nothing to worry about.
Try to rest as much as possible, sitting in a chair, for a few hours after your extraction, and use an extra pillow for the first night. Follow these tips to help the healing process:
- Avoid alcohol and smoking for the first 24 hours
- Avoid cycling or excessive exercise for several hours
- Your dentist will advise you on using painkillers – do not exceed the stated dose under any circumstances; if you are still in pain please contact your dentist
- After six hours, rinse your mouth with warm salt water and do this after meals and at bedtime for seven days
- Try not to disturb the socket with your tongue or by over-vigorous rinsing
- Chew on the other side of your mouth for a few days
If you experience excessive bleeding from the socket, use a gauze or linen pad (a clean handkerchief will also work if you don’t have any gauze or linen). Stay sitting up and clean away any loose blood clots with tissue so that you can find where the socket is bleeding. Place the pad across the bleeding socket from the tongue to the cheek side and bite firmly on it for 10-15 minutes, staying upright at all times. Remove the pad, inspect the socket and repeat if necessary if still bleeding. If this does not help after a couple of hours, please contact us.
You may experience some swelling and discomfort for a few days as your socket heals. Remember, if your recommended painkillers are not enough, don’t take more – contact your dentist for advice.Back to Treatments