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Tooth Extraction Leicester

Dental Extractions Leicester

Usually tooth removal is straightforward and takes a few minutes. You should not feel pain during the procedure but you will feel pressure and hear noises. It is important to keep the area very clean while it heals.

Surgical extraction procedures are performed when the tooth cannot be easily accessed. This happens when the tooth has not fully erupted or when the tooth has been broken under the gum line. In this procedure, the dentist may perform incision to elevate the soft tissues covering the tooth. If any stitches are needed these will dissolve in about 2-4 weeks.

When Would You Need To Have A Tooth Removed?

  • Pain
  • Abscess
  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Prosthetics (false teeth)
  • To correct irregular teeth, remove extra teeth or to make space
  • Cosmetic (for appearance)

Extraction is often recommended if teeth are turned at odd angles, impacted or may affect the bite and chewing ability. Teeth may also need to be extracted in preparation for orthodontic work. In some cases, one or more teeth are removed for functional reasons.

What Should You Expect After Having A Tooth Removed?

  • Some slight bleeding is normal for a day or so – this can be controlled with pressure over the area.
  • Your dentist will advise you about using painkillers to help ease any pain.
  • Some swelling and bruising is normal and usually at its worst on the second day, but should disappear within a week or two.
  • You might also have difficulty opening your mouth wide; again this generally returns to normal within a week or two.
  • Any stitches you have will fall out by themselves in about 2-4 weeks.
  • You may need to take time off work or school – your dentist will advise you about this.

Tips For Aftercare

  • Avoid mouthwash, mouth rinses, hot food and drinks and strenuous activity for the first 24 hours.
  • After 24 hours, gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water (one teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water) 3-4 times per day, always after meals. Be very careful not to dislodge any blood clot in the tooth socket.
  • If the socket bleeds, apply pressure by biting down on a clean, rolled up handkerchief placed over the affected area for about 10 minutes. Repeat if still bleeding.
  • Take regular painkillers if needed.
  • Use a cold compress to ease swelling and sleeping propped up with an extra pillow can help.
  • Bruising of the jaw muscles can cause stiffness; this wears off after seven to ten days.
  • Eat a well-balanced, soft diet for a few days until you’re able to chew carefully with your remaining teeth.
  • Brush your teeth carefully, using a child’s toothbrush, taking care not to dislodge blood clots in the tooth socket; these prevent bleeding and help protect from infection.
  • Complete any course of antibiotics that you may have been given.
  • Avoid smoking as it affects the body’s ability to heal.
  • If pain or swelling worsens or you get a raised temperature, contact your dentist.

Are There Any Risks To Having A Tooth Removed?

Having a tooth removed is a surgical procedure and as such carries a few risks:

Dry Socket

Dry socket (alveolar osteitis) is a painful dental condition that sometimes happens after you have a permanent adult tooth extracted. Dry socket is when the blood clot at the site of the tooth extraction fails to develop, or it dislodges or dissolves before the wound has healed. Normally, a blood clot forms at the site of a tooth extraction. This blood clot serves as a protective layer over the underlying bone and nerve endings in the empty tooth socket. The clot also provides the foundation for the growth of new bone and for the development of soft tissue over the clot.

Exposure of the underlying bone and nerves results in intense pain, not only in the socket but also along the nerves radiating to the side of your face. The socket becomes inflamed and may fill with food debris, adding to the pain. If you develop dry socket, the pain usually begins one to three days after your tooth is removed.

Dry socket is the most common complication following tooth extractions, such as the removal of third molars (wisdom teeth). Over-the-counter medications alone won’t be enough to treat dry socket pain. Your dentist or oral surgeon can offer treatments to relieve your pain.

Removal of Upper Molar Teeth

The roots of upper molar teeth may be close to the sinuses in your nose. Very rarely, after removal of a tooth there can be fracture of the supporting bone and pain in the surrounding area. This may require treatment by a specialist oral surgeon in hospital.

Removal of Lower Molar Teeth

Some teeth are very close to nerves in the lower jaw. This can cause numbness, pain or tingling to the tongue, lip and chin area. If this happens, it is usually temporary but occasionally it can be permanent. Your dentist is likely to take x-rays of the teeth which can help tell you whether your teeth are close to the nerves. Where there is a high risk of nerve injury you may be referred to a specialist oral surgeon.

Any risks will be explained fully by your dentist.

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COVID-19 update

Many of you will be aware that during the latest Covid 19 update dental practices have been given the green light to re-open the surgery from 8th June. Whilst this is good news, there are a number of procedures that we have being putting in place to make treatment safe for our patients and staff, as we are sure you will appreciate, this is taking some time to set up.

Our intention is, if at all possible to commence opening on the 8th June but this is entirely dependent on our ability to obtain training and appropriate PPE which as you know there is a great shortage of. This equipment will be essential for us to be able to operate.

From 8th- 29th of June we will be prioritising the most urgent of cases including those who have been experiencing problems during this lockdown period. We will contact you directly to arrange an appointment. This period may be extended if required.

Rest assured we are trying our utmost to source this PPE as soon as possible to enable us to extend our treatment further to include fillings, crown/bridge work, root treatments and surgical extractions, scale & polish ect.

We anticipate that it will be several weeks before we will be able to commence these more advanced procedures.

This is a rapidly changing environment which we are adapting to as quickly as we possibly can. We really appreciate your patience and understanding throughout this difficult period and look forward to welcoming you back to the practice soon.

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