We offer a unique end-to-end service; our staff will care for you from the moment we first hear your voice up until your final review.
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 the local anaesthetic effect is still present.
Do NOT repeatedly rinse your mouth out after your extraction. A blood clot forms in the socket where the tooth was; frequent rinsing will tend to dislodge this clot thus causing bleeding to start again.
24 hours following the extraction, you should rinse your mouth with warm salty water (a half teaspoon of salt in a warm glass of water). Repeat this 3-4 times a day after meals.
Continue to brush your remaining teeth in the normal fashion. Take care not to disturb the healing socket area.
If bleeding occurs after leaving the surgery, please do the following:
• Roll a handkerchief/tissue 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 your dentist immediately.
(Bear in mind that minor oozing from the extraction site can occur for up to 24 hours after having the tooth removed).
You should expect to have some degree of swelling after the extraction. This can take up to 10 days to resolve in some cases.
We strongly recommend that you avoid cigarettes and other tobacco products for the 24 hours following the extraction. Cigarette smoke can delay or prolong the healing of the extraction site, and in some cases, cause severe pain 1-4 days after the extraction (Dry Socket).
You should expect to have some discomfort following an extraction. If you think you may require pain killers, please discuss this with your dentist.
If you have had stitches (sutures) placed after an extraction, please do not touch them or pull at them. You should return normally one week after the extraction to have these stitches removed.
The type of anaesthetic used by your dentist can leave your lip and other soft tissues numb for up to 4 hours. Please be extremely careful not to bite your lip or cheek during this time period. (This is especially important for parents to take note of if their child has had local anaesthetic).
In addition, take care not to burn yourself with very hot drinks – you will not realise what has happened until after the anaesthetic effect has worn off.
Knocked out tooth:
Make an emergency appointment to see your 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 your saliva
If you experience a toothache, call us immediately. We will see you as soon as possible. In the meantime:
Rinse the 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 to the outside of the cheek
Take pain relief if necessary
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 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 your saliva
Problems with your braces
Braces can be quite uncomfortable when fitted but after a few days you will get used to them and the discomfort soon disappears. We recommend sticking to a soft diet for the first few days and where necessary take whatever you normally would for a headache. If you experience any soreness in the mouth from the brackets rubbing please apply relief wax (as demonstrated by nurse).
If you experience any other problems with your brace you can call reception, please be specific and tell them exactly what the problem is.
Bracket off – if you break a bracket on your brace it is not classed as an ‘emergency’ 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 is causing you discomfort you can try pushing the wire back in with your finger. If it is still uncomfortable please contact the practice. However, if you are 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 or one comes off and you are in discomfort or can feel yourself biting onto brackets please contact reception. If it is not causing you a problem you can wait until your next scheduled appointment.
Please note that extreme dental pain is not normal; if this is experienced please contact us.
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 the clinician. If they are not worn exactly as instructed they will not work and this will extend your treatment time. If you run out of your elastics please pop into reception to pick some up.
Know your brace
Every ones teeth are different; therefore your braces will be slightly different too.
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