Your dentist will give you the diagnosis and treatment options before taking the tooth out. You will be given post operative instructions on how to take care of the socket after extraction.


Surgical treatment may also include suturing the wound.


What precautions should you take?


Avoid hot food and drinks until the anaesthetic wears off. This is important as you cannot feel pain properly and may burn or scald your mouth. Also be careful not to chew your cheek. This is quite a common problem, which can happen when there is no feeling.


When resting, try to keep your head higher for the first night using an extra pillow if possible. It is also a good idea to use an old pillowcase, or put a towel on the pillow, in case you bleed a little.


Avoid alcohol and smoking for at least 24-48 hours, as this can cause bleeding and delay in wound healing


Should you rinse your mouth out?


Do not be tempted to rinse the area for the first 24 hours. It is important to allow the socket to heal, and you must be careful not to damage the blood clot by eating on that side or letting your tongue disturb it. This can allow infection into the socket and affect healing.


What if the area bleeds?


There may be bleeding for some time after the extraction. If you notice bleeding do not spit or rinse, but use a clean handkerchief or cotton pack given to you to bite on for 15 minutes. You may have to repeat this several times.


If it continues to bleed, you should contact us as soon as possible on our emergency hotline 02088936825. If it is out of hours you may call 111.