At Honley Dental our preference is to help save and maintain teeth through regular examinations, prevention and early detection and treatment of problems. Unfortunately sometimes when teeth have become too broken down, are severely out of place or have become loose, extraction may be required. If there is any other alternative to extraction (e.g. root canal treatment) our dentist will be sure to discus these options with you.
Our dentists are well trained in removing teeth and they will ensure this process will be as pain-free and atraumatic as possible for you.
How to help prevent extractions?
- Brush twice a day using a fluoride (1450ppmf) containing toothpaste
- Spit out toothpaste but do not rinse after brushing
- Clean in between teeth using floss or tepe brushes
- Visit our dentists regularly for examinations
- Visit our hygienist regularly for hygiene services
- Maintain a healthy diet, low in sugars and acids which can be damaging to teeth
- Avoid hard/sticky foods e.g. toffees
- If you play a contact sport, ask your dentist about mouthguards
- Have cavities fixed early so that infection cannot reach the nerve of the tooth
What advice should I follow after an extraction?
In order to minimise the risks the following advice should be followed after the extraction:
- No rinsing out: for the next 24 hours
- No smoking: for the next 24-48 hours
- No alcohol: for the next 24 hours
- No vigorous exercise: for the next 24 hours
- No hot drinks: for the next 4-5 hours due to risk of burning the mouth due to the local anesthesia
- No hard physical work: for the next 24 hours
- Pain relief: normal ‘pain killers’ may be taken; with paracetamol and ibuprofen recommended. Should be taken before the local anaesthesia wears off (do not exceed the recommended dose)
- Bleeding: if the socket continues to bleed, bite down on clean gauze for 10 minutes
- From the following day the mouth should be kept clean by rinsing gently with hot salt water (1tsp/cup)
Becoming a Patient
At Honley Dental we are keen to see our patient’s regularly to encourage prevention and to detect any problems early. Regular dental examinations are essential for ensuring dental and oral health.
For this reason we are delighted to offer the Honley Dental Care Plans, our own membership scheme. This plan enables us to provide you with the treatment and support necessary to prevent and manage disease, keeping your mouth healthy and keeping you smiling.