The Oral Hygiene Centre

Extractions

There are many reasons that you may need to have a tooth removed in your lifetime but extraction needn’t be a daunting prospect with The Oral Hygiene Centre and Devonshire Dental Clinic, London. We can carry out this procedure in the most effective and pain-free way possible. Patients who require a more complex extraction, such as a wisdom tooth or removal of a root fragment, commonly find themselves referred for a hospital procedure. There is no clinical reason why these procedures cannot be carried out in the comfort of familiar surroundings at The Oral Hygiene Centre.

Reasons for a tooth extraction

-Tooth decay has reached deep into the tooth
-Infection has damaged a large portion of the tooth and/or surrounding bone
-Overcrowding of the teeth
-To create space for teeth moved with orthodontic treatment

Post-extraction aftercare

Healing will always be aided by a clean and healthy mouth. The following steps will help prevent excessive bleeding and relieve soreness.

1. Rest: Rest for a few hours after your treatment and avoid strenuous activities. Do not rinse your mouth for at least four hours.

2. Rinse: From the first day after your extraction rinse your mouth after meals and before bed with a mouthwash. Dissolving 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water. Hold the mixture in your mouth for a few minutes, discard and repeat two to three times.

3. Food: Avoid hard foods, alcohol and hot drinks. Drink cool drinks and soft or minced foods. You should avoid direct contact with the open wound.

4. Bleeding: If slight bleeding occur sit up straight with your head and shoulders raised. Apply pressure using a small piece of gauze or clean linen held firmly between your jaws.

5. Pain: Take whatever pain relief you would normally use for a headache – except aspirin.

6. Smoking: It’s advisable to avoid smoking for 24 to 48 hours after extraction.

If you need a tooth extraction in London, please do not hesitate to contact our team.

     

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