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First 24 hours after you have had your tooth taken out 

– Do not rinse or spit out as this can cause the socket to bleed again.
– Try to relax: no exercise and no strenuous work.
– No alcohol or smoking for 72 hours.
– No hot food or drink while you are still numb as you may scald/burn yourself.
– Take your usual pain-relief tablets if needed, following the instructions.
– If the extraction site starts to bleed, bite down on the bite pack provided for 20 minutes.
– Clean the rest of your teeth as normal.
– Have minced and moist foods – e.g. bananas, yoghurt, ice cream.
– Try not to disturb the socket with your tongue, finger, toothbrush or other object.

The following day after treatment:

– Rinse with luke warm, salty water as often as you can for at least 3 days.
– No alcohol or smoking for 5 days.
– Take your usual pain-relief tablets if needed, following the instructions.

You may experience:

– Some swelling or discomfort for a few days.
– A small amount of bleeding.

When to call us:
– If the pain continues to get worse.
– The bleeding does not stop or becomes heavy.
– If you think there is an infection.

We hope you recover quickly. If you are concerned with your missing teeth, we can offer a wide range of solutions.

Read on to find out more about dental implants.

The loss or damage of even a single tooth can have a massive impact on everyday life, teeth function and self-esteem. People lose their teeth for many reasons, sometimes due to an accident, illness or poor maintenance. Other people simply inherit poor teeth.

Whatever the reasons for tooth loss, it can have a negative impact on your quality of life. You may no longer eat many of the foods that you once enjoyed, you may be self conscious about your appearance, you may stop smiling or you may experience pain from ill fitting dentures.

Dental implants are a lasting solution to tooth loss and can be used in both aesthetic and functional treatments.

Whether you are missing a single tooth or multiple teeth, or would like a secure option to anchor dentures, dental implants could be the best solution. Our implant surgeons are highly experienced at securing loose dentures and complex dental implant treatments.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Implants provide a permanent solution to tooth loss, be it a single tooth or where all teeth have been lost.

What are dental implants?

They are small surgical grade titanium screws that are gently placed onto the bony space where your tooth roots once were. Bone integrates with the Titanium for a strong bond, allowing the implant to become your new root.

We can build on this to allow individual teeth or bridges to be constructed. Implants are also used to stabilise and retain dentures.

Who can have implants?

Anyone can have implants providing you have enough bone present in the right place with no structures to compromise their placement and you are reasonably healthy. We make a thorough examination before placing the implants including taking x-rays and possibly CT scans to allow us to plan the procedure. Extra procedures may be required to allow the placement of implants buy your dentist will go through the stages of treatment so you fully understand the process.

What does the treatment involve?

Placing of the implants is carried out at the practice. It involves a simple operation which is carried out under a normal local anaesthetic. The after effects are similar to having a tooth extracted. You may feel mild discomfort and experience some swelling due to the normal healing process, however this is usually well-controlled by medication that we will provide.

How long will the implants last?

Once treatment is completed, routine hygiene examinations and regular appointments with your dentist should ensure that implants last for many years to come.

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