There are many reasons why your dentist may decide that the best option for you is to have a tooth removed.

Some of these reasons can be:

  • Periodontal Disease
  • Severe tooth decay
  • Badly broken tooth
  • Abscess on the root of the tooth
  • Crowding
  • Orthodontics

Post Extraction Instructions

Always remember a clean healthy mouth heals more rapidly than a neglected one.

The following steps will help prevent bleeding and relieve soreness:

  • Rest for a few hours but you do not have to lie down.
  • Strenuous exercise is best avoided for the rest of the day.
  • Don’t rinse the mouth for at least 4 hours after extraction.
  • Avoid HOT fluids, alcohol, smoking and hard or chewy foods. Choose cold drinks and minced or soft foods instead.
  • Should the wound start to bleed, apply a small amount of compression this can be done with the use of the extra gauze provided by your dentist. Place this on the bleeding point and bite firmly on it for 5-10 minutes.
  • Any pain or soreness can be relieved by taking a pain relieving medication such as Nurofen (as advised).
  • It may be beneficial to use a warm saline mouth rinse to bathe the wound the day after. This may be carried out after each meal until healing is complete. A saline rinse is made by dissolving a level teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water. The solution should be held in the mouth for 2-3 minutes to bathe the wound and then discard. Avoid any vigorous swishing and rinsing.
  • Continuing mild pain can be treated by taking a pain relieving medication such as Nurofen (as advised).

If you are in any doubt about these details about please contact us for more advice or information.

Dry Socket

Dry socket can occur when the blood clot that forms naturally in a socket after a tooth has been removed is lost.

The clot acts just like a scab on the skins surface and without it the underlying nerve and bone become exposed, leaving it open to food and bacteria.

The result is a dull throbbing pain beginning 1-4days after extraction, the pain may even radiate into your ear and it does not respond to normal pain medication. You may also notice a foul odour or taste in your mouth.

Some common causes of dry socket are:

  • Smoking
  • Forceful spitting or swishing
  • Sucking through a straw
  • Coughing or sneezing
  • Drinking carbonated and alcoholic drinks

Fortunately dry socket can be easily fixed so if you have any of the above symptoms 1-4 days after an extraction please contact us right away.