Oral Surgery (tooth extractions)

You and your dentist may decide that you need a tooth extraction for any number of reasons. Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed; others may have advanced periodontal disease, or have broken in a way that cannot be repaired. Other teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth), or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.

The removal of a single tooth can lead to problems related to your chewing ability, problems with your jaw joint, and shifting teeth, which can have a major impact on your dental health.

To avoid these complications, in most cases, the will discuss alternatives to extractions as well as replacement of the extracted tooth.

At the time of extraction the dentist will need to numb your tooth, jawbone and gums that surround the area with a local anaesthetic.

During the extraction process you will feel a lot of pressure. This is from the process of loosening the tooth and widening the socket to facilitate removal. If you do feel pain at any time during the extraction please let us know right away.

After Extraction Home Care

Bleeding

Some bleeding may occur. Placing a piece of moist gauze over the empty tooth socket and biting down firmly for 45 minutes can control this.

Blood clots that form in the empty socket

This is an important part of the healing process and you must be careful not to dislodge the clot.

  • Avoid rinsing or spitting for 24 hours after the extraction.
  • Avoid use of a straw, smoking or hot liquids.

Swelling

If swelling occurs you can place ice on your face for 10 minutes and off for 20 minutes. Repeat this cycle as you feel necessary for up to 24 hours.

Pain and Medications

If you experience pain you may use non-prescription pain relief medications such as Paracetamol or Ibuprofen.

Eating

For most extractions just make sure you do your chewing away from the extraction site. Stay away from hot liquids and alcoholic beverages for 24 hours. A liquid diet may be recommended for 24 hours.

Brushing and Cleaning

After the extraction avoid brushing the teeth near the extraction site for one day. After that you can resume gentle cleaning. Avoid commercial mouth rinses, as they tend to irritate the site. Beginning 24 hours after the extraction you can rinse with salt water (1/2 teaspoon in a cup of water) after meals and before bed.

Dry Socket

Dry socket occurs when a blood clot fails to form in the socket where the tooth has been extracted or the clot has been dislodged, and the healing is significantly delayed.

Following the post extraction instructions will reduce the chances of developing dry socket. Dry sockets manifest themselves as a dull throbbing pain, which doesn’t appear until three or four days after the extraction. The pain can be moderate to severe and radiate from the extraction area. Dry socket may cause a bad taste or bad breath and the extraction site appears dry.

Please book an appointment to apply a medicated dressing to the dry socket to soothe the pain.

Healing

After a tooth has been extracted there will be a resulting hole in your jawbone where the tooth was. In time, this will smooth and fill in with bone. This process can take many weeks or months. However, after 1-2 weeks you should no longer notice any inconvenience.

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Even during these strangest of times, the surgery remains a calm and (relatively) restful place to wait. The staff are... all very friendly, and the disposition of the dentist herself almost makes the dental surgery a pleasure that you want to go to! Highly recommended, as you can be assured of the utmost care.read more
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Received Health Forms via e-mail which were completed. Arrived at Dental Clinic on time Reception Staff very helpful... and polite . As Mrs Gould had retired my Check Up was with a young doctor who called himself Primm. He was very professional in his examination of my teeth and gums etc and gave me some good advice . A very good Dental experience in these challenging times .read more
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I have been coming to this practice for around 15 years. I recently had a check up and discovered that my dentist had... left but I am pleased to say that the new dental surgeon and nurse were very nice, caring and helpful. I am very happy with the practice and would recommend it.read more
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Excellent service as always. Louise, the hygienist, is very professional and makes me feel at ease. I’ve been with Mr... Ahmed for years and can’t rate him highly enough. The reception staff are very friendly. Overall a great dental practice.read more
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05:31 14 Oct 20
Always greeted with a lovely friendly welcome from the receptionist. They we’re strictly following the government... guidelines regarding Covid-19 plenty of hand gel, masks to be worn, and emails to complete all forms ahead of visit. So pleased they’re up and running for normal appointments again. Had my 2 children with me too which the staff are always amazing with - thanks so much.read more
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06:58 02 Oct 20
Great care taken to ensure that everything was COVID compliant. Reception staff were helpful and welcoming. Excellent... dentistry from Mr Ahmed as usual. A positive experience for my continuing treatment after an enforced break of six months.read more
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11:26 24 Sep 20
These are very trying times but the greeting you get is very reassuring both warm and curtious and they have such a... high level of patience and understanding. The dentist that I see makes you feel at ease straight away also offering sound advise on the care of your teeth and gums. As for the standard of dentistry I am not qualified to make such a judgement only that I have no complaints. Excellent service and thank you, you all deserve 5 ⭐. Keep safe ?read more
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This was my first visit. Very impressed with the entire set up. Excellent preparations throughout visit from reception... to treatment. Very conscientious planning for the COVID19 situation. Very professional friendly and avoided jargon, I was explained options in detail and felt I had a say in the matter. Not pushy and no unnecessary treatment recommended. Very happyread more
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Very pleased with the service. I had severe infection and could not get an appointment anywhere in town. The beautiful... lady dentist rescheduled her time to see me. Excellent friendly and professional service matched with a kind and caring attitude. Thank you to all the ladies at the clinic.read more
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05:34 17 Sep 20
Always polite and friendly. Make you feel at ease and give good clear advise when required.
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07:25 16 Sep 20
Felt well cared for with the treatment I had yesterday. Covid secure and everyone was pleasant and helpful as always
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10:13 15 Sep 20
I had my routine check up yesterday and the whole process from re-booking due to the pandemic through to the... appointment was seamless. The usual forms plus a covid-19 one were sent by text to be completed online which saves time spent in the surgery. Also checked in online when I arrived for my appointment and was the only person in the waiting area. Never my favourite place to be but a painless experience!read more
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11:39 12 Sep 20
I was anxious on three counts •COVID-19 •New dentist at my old practice • Had been experiencing tooth pain during... lockdown On arrival it was clear the surgery was COVID secure with good practice and clear rules being observed. A warm welcome given by the Receptionist and Dental Nurse. Dentist Dr Kassam soon put me at ease and even laughed at my jokes. A thorough checkup was undertaken, clear factual feedback and professional advice offered. Now booked for a replacement filling and a session with hygienist. Would I recommend? Without hesitation!read more
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10:27 12 Sep 20
I have been a patient here for many, many years. I have complete faith in the service I receive and being a complete... ‘dentistphobic’ that says a lot. Anyone who has a fear of the dentist should try here. I cannot say it is an enjoyable experience attendIng an appointment but the stress is minimised. Explanations are clear and it feels more like a consultation with choices / options set out and recommendations being made. CurrentLy COVID processes are in place and it does feel extremely safe......well doneread more
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07:21 09 Sep 20
had an appointment with louise,she was very efficient as were the covid precautions,I felt safe.thankyou
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11:20 08 Sep 20
I have been a patient at Heralds Way Dental Clinic for many years and am very impressed with the way the surgery is... coping in very difficult circumstances. I always receive a happy welcome and everything is always explained to me regarding the care of my teeth. Well done and I hope this pandemic passes soon.read more
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08:14 06 Aug 20
I've had to have emergency treatment over past few weeks. The service was amazing. Full safety measures were first... class. The extraction I had I can say was painless. Mr Ahmed has been so kind and gentle.read more
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17:08 21 Jan 20
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