Why have I been referred to you and not a hospital?
You have been referred to us because we are a Specialist Minor Oral Surgery clinic. You will be seen by a Specialist Oral Surgeon and the procedure will be the same as treatment in a hospital.
Why can’t I see my own dentist?
Your dentist may have referred you to a specialist for a number of different reasons, the most common ones being, either the risk of the tooth breaking when being extracted, the tooth is buried and not visible, you are very nervous and require sedation, the tooth has already broken and has become brittle.
Can I be seen closer to my home?
There are a limited number of Minor Oral Surgery clinics and you would have been referred to the one closest to your postcode.
Can I be put ‘to sleep’ for the procedure?
We offer conscious sedation at our clinic, this would involve two appointments, the first being an assessment to discuss your options and make sure sedation is the right choice for you. Please feel free to contact us to discuss this option further.
Please note that we do not provide any treatment under General Anaesthetic.
Can I drive home after the procedure?
After your procedure under Local Anaesthetic, you are able to drive home afterwards, after a procedure under Sedation you would need an escort to drive you home and you must refrain from driving for 24 hours following sedation.
Can I return to work after the procedure?
Most patients need to rest after Oral Surgery and we would advise that you do not plan to return to work the same day.
What should I do about my medications?
You should continue your normal medication unless you are told otherwise. It is important that you let your surgeon know if you are taking any medication.
How long does it take?
This varies. Some teeth may take only a few minutes to remove. More difficult teeth may take around 30 minutes to extract.
Will it hurt?
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 may take up to two weeks before all the soreness goes. You may also find that your jaw is stiff and you may need to eat soft foods for a week or so. If it is likely to be particularly sore, your surgeon will arrange for some strong painkillers for you. It may also be necessary for you to have a course of antibiotics after the extraction.
What do I need to do after the surgery?
You will be given instructions on how to look after your mouth following surgery at your appointment. It is important to keep the extraction site as clean as possible for the first few weeks after surgery. It may be difficult to clean your teeth around the site of the extraction because it is sore. If this is the case, it’s best to keep the area free from food debris by gently rinsing with a mouthwash or warm saltwater.
Can I park at the practice?
Yes, there is free parking at the practice
Can I bring somebody with me?
We understand that a lot of our patients are nervous and want somebody with them at their appointment. We currently have a limited number of patients allowed to wait in the practice but we are happy for you to have an escort who may be asked to wait in the car. Please contact us to discuss any concerns you may have prior to your appointment.