Although we always do our best to “save” teeth, occasionally a tooth extraction might be necessary due to widespread damage caused by injury or disease, or due to impacted wisdom teeth.
Most tooth extractions are a straightforward procedure, followed by at-home care that includes rest and gentle care of the extraction site. Your dentist will discuss what to expect during and after your extraction, as well as your aftercare.
Your dentist may refer you to see an oral surgeon where complex oral surgery treatments are required.
After Oral Surgery care
- After surgery, some minor bleeding from the wound can be expected, which can be controlled by biting on a piece of gauze over the operation area for about half an hour.
- Facial swelling and discolouration of the overlying skin will also develop, increasing for the first 72 hours and subsiding thereafter. You may not be able to open your mouth as wide as usual for a few days.
- Painkillers, antibiotics and an antiseptic mouthwash are usually prescribed after the surgery. You will be advised to maintain good oral hygiene and also to keep to a soft diet for a few days following surgery. Please call the practice if you are at all worried or in a lot of discomfort.
Please call the practice if you have any queries about oral surgery: 01787 882040