Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice

The Government recently announced that dentists could reopen from 8th June. For the majority of practices, including ours, this was unreasonably short notice. We reopened to patients from 1 July but are only able to do the most simple treatments at present.

At first, we need to prioritise appointments for people who have been having problems over the last few months as our first priority, and those with outstanding treatment from before lockdown. If you have a scheduled check-up in the near future, it is likely that we will cancel this to free up time for more urgent cases and we hope that you will contact us again in a few months time to reschedule that appointment. You can find more information in this article.

If you have an urgent problem, please call 01784 253140 to speak to our reception staff so that we can offer advice or an appointment as necessary.

Updated 7 July 2020

Extraction

Despite the enormous advances made in dentistry over recent decades, it is often still necessary to remove teeth. The most common reasons for this are:

  • Extensive decay, especially when the decay reaches below the gum line or little of the crown part of the tooth remains.
  • An Abscess which has not responded following root-canal treatment or RCT is not possible
  • Advanced periodontal disease which has made the tooth very loose and susceptible to localised gum infection.
  • Orthodontics, to make room for the remaining teeth to be rearranged. This is the only common reason to remove a healthy tooth.
  • Fractures, whether the result of an accident or injury, or a crack through a tooth which may arise occasionally due to the patient's bite, grinding habit or weakening through previous fillings.

To extract a tooth, the dentist administers local anaesthetic around the tooth. Once this has been allowed time to work and the effectiveness has been checked, the tooth can be removed. Although many patients worry that the procedure will be painful, the only feeling is of pressure being applied. In fact, once the tooth is out, patients frequently ask "Is that it?". The patient will be given a swab to bite on to stem bleeding as necessary and instructions given regarding looking after the area while it heals.

It is normal for the site to be sore to touch but there should be no deep pain following extraction. If this occurs, it may be a sign of a post-operative infection and the dentist should be consulted for advice and treatment as soon as possible

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