If you need a tooth removed we can often perform the treatment in practice under local anaesthetic. If the extraction is more difficult or you have certain medical conditions we may refer you to the hospital for treatment.

What to do before an extraction
Before having an extraction we advise you have something to eat and if possible arrange your appointment so you can rest afterwards. If you are taking medication, continue to do so and bring in a list of the medications you are taking to show your dentist. If you are taking warfarin, please get your INR levels checked two days before your appointment and bring in your INR book for the dentist to see.

What to do following an extraction
After an extraction, avoid hot food or drinks until the anaesthetic wears off as you may burn or scald your mouth and not realise until later. Similarly take care if eating not to bite your tongue or cheek.

Take a painkiller such as paracetamol or ibuprofen as required unless you have an allergy. Do not take anything containing aspirin.

Do not smoke for at least three days as this will affect the clot formation. Smoking can lead to a condition known as "dry socket" which is an infection of the socket and is very painful.

Do not rinse your mouth for the rest of the day as this may disturb the clot. After the first day, rinse your mouth with warm salt water several times a day for four days.

Avoid hard or chewy foods. Avoid playing with the wound. Should bleeding occur, sit upright and bite on a small pad of gauze, which we will provide after the extraction.

If excessive bleeding occurs or you experience undue pain, contact the practice on 01202 601640.

For more information on extractions, click here to visit the British Dental Health Foundation website.