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Surgical extraction of teeth


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Day Surgery Unit

Surgical extraction of teeth

After treatment

   •   It is likely that there will be some discomfort and swelling both on the inside
       and outside of your mouth after surgery. This is usually worse for the first three
       days but it can take up to two weeks before all the soreness disappears.

   •   You will have been given painkillers in theatre during the operation and will be
       given some to take home.

   •   When you have any teeth removed you are left with a hole (tooth socket) in
       your jawbone. At first a blood clot forms, before healing over completely.

   •   If bleeding occurs when you go home, apply pressure on the tooth socket with
       a clean, rolled piece of cotton cloth. Try this for the first 10 to 20 minutes. If
       bleeding does not stop, please contact the on-call Maxillofacial Surgery SHO on
       the number below.

Eating and drinking
   •   For the first 12 hours (after the numbness has worn off) avoid hot drinks (which
       can break down the clot). Take only warm liquids or soft foods.

   •   It is advisable not to smoke for at least 48 hours after the operation. Smoking
       can prevent healing and cause bleeding to start.

Oral hygiene
   •   It is important to keep the extraction sites as clean as possible for the first few
       weeks after surgery. It might be difficult to clean your teeth around the sites of
       the extraction because it is sore.

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   •   The day after your operation you can start rinsing with antiseptic mouthwash or
       warm salt water (dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) to help
       reduce the risk of infection. You can do this after every meal or two to three
       times a day.

   •   It is uncommon to get an infection, particularly if good oral hygiene is
       maintained after surgery.

   •   If you are worried about infection, the signs would be:
           o   Raised temperature
           o   Nasty discharge or taste in the mouth
           o   Increased pain and severe swelling around the operation site.
           o   If you experience any of these, it is important to contact the on-call
               Maxillofacial Surgery SHO on the number below.

Further Information
If you are worried about your condition, contact the on-call Maxillofacial Surgery SHO
via the Addenbrooke’s Hospital switchboard on 01223 245151.

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Document history
Authors                    Day Surgery Unit
Department                 Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Hills Road,
                           Cambridge, CB2 0QQ
Contact number             01223 245151
Publish/Review date        February 2011/February 2014
File name                  Dental_extraction_of_teeth
Version number/Ref         3/PIN782

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