Extractions

Having one or more of your teeth extracted can be a traumatic experience and can result in a feeling of insecurity and self-consciousness. However, there are a number of treatment options available to restore your teeth both aesthetically and functionally which include: implants, dentures and bridges.

To find out more about these treatments, please download a copy of our Your Options After Extraction booklet.

Normally these treatments are provided on a private basis and the indicative prices relate to this private provision. Under certain circumstances they may be available under NHS treatment – please ask your dentist at IDH Mansfield if this is applicable to you.

If you have recently had an extraction, please follow the care advice below:

  • DO NOT eat and drink until after the effects of the local anaesthetic wear off (this will take 3-4 hours). Following this, ensure you eat and drink with care, avoiding the sites where the teeth have been removed.
  • Slight bleeding for a while is quite normal. However, if this occurs do not rinse or spit out as this will increase the bleeding, just swallow gently and the bleeding will stop naturally.
  • If the bleeding persists, roll up a clean handkerchief (not tissue) or the gauze provided, place it over the extraction site and bite hard on it for at least twenty minutes.
  • Avoid sport or strenuous exercise for 24 hours as this can encourage bleeding. Sit down comfortably at home for the first few hours.
  • Avoid smoking, alcohol and very hot drinks for 12 hours, as these will also encourage bleeding.
  • Smoking may result in a painful infection called a dry socket.
  • Starting on the day after the extraction, rinse the area after meals with warm saline (1 teaspoon of salt in a glass of hot water).
  • DO take painkillers if you start to have pain as the anaesthetic wears off. Paracetamol or Ibuprofen are normally suitable for this, but follow the instructions provided if you have asthma or stomach problems.
  • Before going to bed on the day you have had the extraction (if this is at least four hours after the extraction), clean your mouth with care. Use a soft brush and your usual toothpaste, avoiding the sites where the teeth have been removed.

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR DENTAL PRACTICE OR THE EMERGENCY OUT OF HOURS NUMBER IF YOU HAVE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS:

  • PERSISTENT BLEEDING
  • SEVERE SWELLING
  • SEVERE PAIN

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