OPENING HOURS

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MONDAY-THURSDAY
8am - 7pm

FRIDAY
8am - 6pm

SATURDAY
8am - 2pm


OUT OF HOURS GUIDE

POST EXTRACTION ADVICE TO PATIENTS

We offer a unique and highly personal service in that our staff care for you from the very beginning up until your final review — and you can contact our out-of-hours dentist at any time.

  1. Eating & Drinking

    A soft diet is advisable after having a tooth removed. Take care to ensure that food does not become trapped in the socket where the tooth was. Try to avoid alcohol and hot drinks in the period immediately following the extraction, especially if you still feel the numbing effects of the local anaesthetic.

  2. Rinsing

    Do NOT repeatedly rinse your mouth out after your extraction. A blood clot will form in the socket where the tooth was, and frequent rinsing will tend to dislodge the clot and cause bleeding to start again. If you have any problems, you can always call our emergency dentist.
    When 24 hours have passed following your extraction, you should rinse your mouth with Kin Mouthwash or Corsodyl Mouthwash (you can buy this from our front desk team). Repeat this three to four times a day after meals for two weeks.

  3. Cleaning

    Continue to brush your remaining teeth in the usual way, but take care not to disturb the healing socket area.

  4. Bleeding

    If bleeding occurs after leaving the surgery, please do the following:

    • Take a piece of gauze provided by your dentist and roll it into a small pad (about the thickness of your finger);
    • Place it over the bleeding socket and bite down on it for 20-25 minutes. If after this period, bleeding is still occurring, please contact us for emergency dental care. (Bear in mind that minor oozing from the extraction site can occur for up to 24 hours after having a tooth removed.)

  1. Swelling

    You may have some degree of swelling after an extraction. In some cases it may take up to ten days for the swelling to gradually reduce.

  2. Smoking

    We strongly recommend that you avoid cigarettes and other tobacco products for at least 48 hours following an extraction. Cigarette smoke can delay or prolong the healing of the extraction site. In some cases, this can lead to severe pain one to four days after the extraction (Dry Socket). We are open every Saturday, you can arrange emergency appointments by calling our front desk team.

  3. Pain Control

    You should expect to have some discomfort following an extraction. If you think you may require painkillers, please discuss this with your dentist.

  4. Stitches

    If you have had stitches (sutures) placed after an extraction, please do not touch or pull at them. Typically, you will return one week after the extraction to have these stitches removed.

  5. Local Anaesthetic

    This type of anaesthetic used by your dentist can leave your lip and other soft tissues numb for up to four hours. Please be extremely careful not to bite your lip or cheek during this time. (This is especially important for parents to take note of if their child has had a local anaesthetic.) In addition, take care not to burn yourself with very hot drinks — you won’t realise what happened until the anaesthetic effect has worn off.


DENTAL EMERGENCIES

Knocked out tooth:

Make an appointment to see our emergency dentist. The sooner a knocked-out tooth is re-implanted, the more likely it is to fix itself back into the gum.
In the meantime:

  • Rinse the tooth in milk, holding it by the crown (avoiding the roots)
  • If possible, put the tooth back into the socket
  • If you cannot re-implant the tooth, store it in a clean container, in milk or in your saliva.

Toothache:

If you experience a toothache, call us for emergency dental care. We will see you as soon as possible.
In the meantime:

  • Rinse your mouth regularly with water
  • Try to clean any debris from any obvious cavities
  • Use dental floss to remove any trapped particles of food
  • If swelling is present, place a cold compress on the outside of the cheek. Take pain relief if necessary.

Broken Tooth:

Any obvious damage to a tooth should be treated as soon as possible. Chips or fractures can affect the living tissue inside the tooth, causing problems in the future. Your emergency dentist can prevent the damage from getting worse.
In the meantime:

  • Apply a cold pack to the cheek or lips over the broken tooth
  • Rinse your mouth well with warm water
  • Store any fragments in a clean container, in milk or in your saliva.


ORTHODONTIC APPLIANCE AFTERCAREE

Problems with Your Braces

Braces can be uncomfortable when fitted, but after a few days you’ll get used to them and the discomfort soon disappears. We recommend sticking to a soft diet for the first few days and, if necessary, take whatever you normally would for a headache. If you experience any soreness in the mouth from the brackets rubbing, apply relief wax (as demonstrated by your dental nurse).

If you experience any other problems with your brace, please call our reception for emergency dental treatment. Please be specific and tell us exactly what the problem is.

  • Bracket off – If you break a bracket on your brace, it is not classed as an emergency dental appointment, as it should not cause you any discomfort. If we can fit you in, we will, but you may have to wait until your next appointment. Please bring your bracket with you.
  • Wire out – If your wire slides out of the buccal tube at the back and it is causing you discomfort, you can try pushing the wire back in with your finger. If it’s still uncomfortable, please contact us. However, if you’re not in any discomfort, you may need to wait until your next appointment.
  • Turbo (bite block) off – If you grind your bite block down on your back teeth, one comes off and you’re in discomfort or you can feel yourself biting onto the brackets, please contact us. If it’s not causing you a problem, you can wait until your next appointment.
  • Elastics – It may be necessary at some point in your treatment to attach delicate elastic bands to your fixed brace to help move the teeth. Elastics must be worn all the time, unless otherwise stated by your clinician. If they’re not worn exactly as instructed, they will not work and this will extend your treatment time. If you run out of your elastics, please come to reception to pick some up.

Please note that extreme dental pain is not normal. If you’re experiencing it, please contact us immediately for emergency dental treatment.

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“5 star service. I was really not looking forward to my procedure today but the care and attention that Dr Hiney and Sarah was second to none. I felt no pain throughout the 1.5 hour procedure and even had a few laughs along the way. I would highly recommend this practice.“

Aoife

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ENFIELD

Enfield Court, Main Street,
Enfield, Co. Meath.

Tel: 04 6957 0000

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MULLINGAR

Mullingar Medical Park,
Market Point, Mullingar,
Westmeath. N91W0DP.

TEL: 0449362001

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FERBANE

Chapel Lane Mews, Chapel Lane, Ferbane, Offaly. R42DP74

TEL: 0906453864

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