It may sometimes be necessary for either a single, or multiple, teeth to be extracted due to them being damaged, painful or weak, or perhaps when the patient’s mouth is overcrowded, and to make way for new teeth. Here at Fillybrook House, we offer a number of such procedures, including wisdom teeth, root and orthodontic extractions.
We take great care to ensure that these procedures are as pain free as possible, and work together with individuals to agree on the most appropriate anaesthetic or sedation options for their needs. Our dedicated team also ensures that the patient is completely comfortable and relaxed by offering support and reassurance throughout the course of the treatment. And, our care doesn’t end there. We will advise you on how to best look after the treated area until it is fully healed, and will always be on hand to answer any questions or queries.
I have had a mouth full of broken, loose and discoloured teeth and a severe phobia to extractions… I have had extractions, replacement teeth, fillings and veneers that all look natural. The change is remarkable!
Take it easy for the rest of the day. Take as little exercise as you can, and rest as much as you can. Keep your head up to avoid any bleeding.
Avoid hot food or drinks until the anaesthetic wears off. This is important as you cannot feel pain properly and may burn or scald your mouth. Also be careful not to chew your cheek. This is quite a common problem, which can happen when there is no feeling.
If you do rest, try to keep your head higher for the first night using an extra pillow if possible. It is also a good idea to use an old pillowcase, or put a towel on the pillow, in case you bleed a little.
Do not be tempted to rinse the area for the first 24 hours. It is important to allow the socket to heal, and you must be careful not to damage the blood clot by eating on that side or letting your tongue disturb it. This can allow infection into the socket and affect healing.
Avoid alcohol for at least 24 hours, as this can encourage bleeding and delay healing. Eat and drink lukewarm food as normal but avoid chewing on that area of your mouth.
It is just as important, if not more so, to keep your mouth clean after extraction. However, you do need to be careful around the extraction site.
The first thing to remember is that there may be some slight bleeding for the first day or so. Many people are concerned about the amount of bleeding. This is due to the fact that a smaller amount of blood is mixed with a larger amount of saliva, which looks more dramatic than it is.
If you do notice bleeding, do not rinse out, but apply pressure to the socket. Bite firmly on a handkerchief for at least 15 minutes. Make sure this is placed directly over the extraction site and that the pad is replaced if necessary.
If the bleeding has not stopped after an hour or so contact your dentist.
It is important not to do anything that will increase your blood pressure, as this can lead to further bleeding. We recommend that you avoid smoking for as long as you can after the extraction, but this should be at least for the rest of the day.
Different people heal at different speeds after an extraction. It is important to keep your mouth and the extraction site as clean as possible, making sure the socket is kept clear of all food and debris. Don’t rinse for the first 24 hours, and this will help your mouth to start healing. After this time use a salt mouthwash, which will help to heal the socket. A teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water gently rinsed around the socket twice a day can help to clean and heal the area Keep this up for at least a week or for as long as your dentist tells you.
It is important to keep a healthy diet, and take a vitamin C supplement, which will help your mouth to heal.
There will usually be some tenderness in the area for the first few days, and in most cases some simple pain relief is enough to ease discomfort. What you would normally take for a headache would be enough. However, always follow the manufacturers’ instructions and if in doubt check with your doctor first. Do not take aspirin, as this may make your mouth bleed.
As we have said, it is important not to use anything containing aspirin as this can thin the blood slightly. Asthma sufferers should avoid ibuprofen based pain relief. Again check with your chemist or dentist if you are worried or feel you need something stronger.
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