When this happens, you might feel some pain or discomfort, so the best thing to do is to visit your dentist.
The dentist will probably take an x-ray of your mouth to see how – or if – your wisdom teeth are coming through. From this, they will be able to make a judgement on whether or not to take them out, and how easy or difficult it might be. Extractions can also be done under sedation.
Having a tooth out is the same as having an operation and, because of this, you must look after the area to speed healing and reduce the risk of infection. Here are some pointers:
For the first 24 hours, try to avoid eating hot food, don’t smoke, don’t drink any alcohol and try not to disturb any blood clots which might have formed.
Don’t rinse your mouth for 24 hours after the extraction. After that, rinse gently with warm salty water – half a teaspoon of salt in a glass of water is enough.
Brush your teeth as normal to keep your mouth as clean as possible. You may feel some small pieces of bone work their way out of the socket – don’t worry, this is perfectly normal.
There may be some swelling and a bit of discomfort in the first two to three days. If you need to, take some ordinary painkillers – aspirin, ibuprofen or paracetamol will be fine.
If you feel pain a few days after the tooth has been removed, it might be where the blood clot has broken down leaving an empty hole in the gum. This is called a ‘dry socket’ and will need to be looked at by your dentist. Simply go back and the dentist will pack the wound to ease your discomfort.
Your dentist may have given you some gauze to place onto the area where the tooth has been removed – if not, a clean cloth handkerchief will do just as well (but not a paper tissue).
Roll it into a small firm pad large enough to fit over the gap (probably around 1cm by 3cm). Sit up and gently clear away any blood clots around the gap using gauze or hanky. Put a clean pad over the gap (from tongue side to cheek side) and bite down on it firmly for 10 to 15 minutes. Take the pad off and check whether the bleeding has stopped. If not, apply a fresh pad and contact your dentist.BACK TO General Dentistry
“I was pretty impressed with the Facility l got for my 8year old, they are professional and friendly. They attended to our emergency when no…”
“I'm so glad I found this dental practice. I had a tooth emergency just before Christmas and no one could help me until I called…”
“Excellent Facility I received after requiring attention for a broken tooth. Appointment quickly arranged and necessary extraction carried out on the same day. Good customer…”
“I visited Dentistree Horley Branch after a fall and a broken front tooth. I was extremely upset and from the minute I made the phone…”
“All covid restrictions were in place and were kept up during my entire visit. The dentist I always see, Heren Patel is very welcoming and…”
“I absolutely love Dentistree, the customer Facility is really good and the care/treatment I receive is amazing. They have helped me so much with all…”
“Brilliant nice people who work there I suffer from panic attacks so the dentist is stressful for me. They are the only dentist I can…”
“Simply faultless service. Couldn't have been more efficient. Immaculate, clean and relaxing environment. Welcomed by the lovely Michelle at the front desk, who couldn't have…”
“The staff is always helpful and obliging. Treatment painless. Dentists' patient engagement is great. Always listening and explaining. Everyone always seems happy, a good sign…”
“I have been visiting Dentistree in Horley for around 6 years and have always found all the staff very friendly. The dentists have been brilliant…”
“I've been a patient here for almost 10 years and would never go anywhere else, from the warm welcome at reception when you walk into…”
“I might not have spent so long being scared witless of the dentist!!”
“I've had over 10 years of great professional care and excellent Facility from the whole team. Going always that extra mile if I or my…”
“Visiting Dentistree is always a pleasant experience. From the moment you walk in you're greeted with "service with a smile" from Linda and the team…”
“I cannot rate the staff here highly enough. They are so patient with my son, letting him hold the tools and help with examinations. They…”
“I've been a patient for over 5 years. I would highly recommend the practice to anyone. The staff are incredibly friendly and helpful and I've…”
“I would recommend this practice to friends and family. The staff are friendly and the dentists explain everything in great detail before carrying out any…”
“I and my family have been going to Dentistree in Horley for 10 years + I was a very nervous patient when I began going…”
“A clinic with ethics and sheer professionalism. If you are looking for a 100% unbiased and true medical opinion and treatment then look no further.…”
“Being new to Dentistree's Horley practice I was very swiftly impressed! From the welcoming and professional reception team to the bright, spacious and comfortable waiting…”
“A trip to the dentist is not usually what you'd describe as enjoyable, but Denistree has managed to take the fear out of it for…”
“Coming to this dental practice is a pleasure. The receptionists are always kind and helpful and the dentist I saw was friendly, thorough and highly…”
“This is a really great family practice that strives for the well possible dentistry and gives you all the choices that you need to make…”
“Excellent Dentist, fabulous staff, helpful and friendly. Exceptional Facility and will go the extra mile to help.”
“I would recommend this dentist to anyone! I had a massive fear of the dentist due to bad treatment and the pain I went through.…”
“Friendly efficient reception staff, the dentist is very good with my two young boys, very highly recommended.”
“I would highly recommend Dentistree not only are the staff pleasant and caring they are highly professional in taking the time and trouble to clearly…”
“I had lost all faith in dentists until I went into this dental practice. From the moment you walk in, you feel welcomed and put…”
“Wonderful, friendly and very helpful dentists and staff.”
“Lovely staff, lovely dentists. Can't rate Dentistree Horley high enough.”
“Really friendly and helpful especially if you are a nervous patient would highly recommend it.”
“All Staff were very helpful and friendly. Well, deserve 5 stars.”
“Excellent dentist, pain-free treatment, all options explained to me and dentist spent lots of time explaining and making me feel at ease, all the staff…”
“After having a bad experience at my old dentist in Heathfield I waited over a year after moving to Reigate before looking into finding a…”