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Dry socket - when to see a dentist?

Dry socket - when to see a dentist?

Dry socket is a painful dental condition that sometimes happens after tooth extraction, however only a very small percentage (2% to 5%) of people experience this problem.

Some people are in higher risk to get dry socket then other, because they:

  • smoke
  • have poor oral hygiene
  • have wisdom teeth removed
  • have greater-than-usual trauma during the tooth extraction surgery
  • use birth control pills
  • have a history of dry socket after extractions

Rinsing and spitting a lot or drinking through a straw after having a tooth extracted also can raise your risk of getting dry socket.

Dry socket is when the blood clot at the site of the tooth extraction fails to develop, or it dislodges or dissolves before the wound has healed.

Normally, a blood clot forms at the site of a tooth extraction. This blood clot serves as a protective layer over the underlying bone and nerve endings in the empty tooth socket. The clot also provides the foundation for the growth of new bone and for the development of soft tissue over the clot.

What Are the Symptoms of Dry Socket?

A patient may first notice signs of a dry socket 3 to 4 days after extraction of the tooth by feeling moderate-to-severe pain that could last anywhere from 10 to 40 days.

If you look into the site where the tooth was pulled, you’ll probably see a dry-looking opening. Instead of a dark blood clot, there will just be whitish bone. Exposure of the underlying bone and nerves results in intense pain, not only in the socket but also along the nerves radiating to the side of your face or ear.

Other symptoms of dry socket include bad breath or a foul odour or/and an unpleasant taste in your mouth.

The socket becomes inflamed and may fill with food debris, adding to the pain. If you develop dry socket, the pain usually begins one to three days after your tooth is removed.

When to see a dentist?

A certain degree of pain and discomfort is normal after a tooth extraction. However, you should be able to manage normal pain with the pain reliever prescribed by your dentist or oral surgeon, and the pain should lessen with time.

If you develop new or worsening pain in the days after your tooth extraction, contact your dentist or oral surgeon immediately.

Dry socket is the most common complication after a tooth extraction, such as the removal wisdom teeth, however medications available in stores very likely will not be enough to treat dry socket problem. Your dentist or oral surgeon can offer you treatments to relieve your pain, therefore it’s better to see the dentist as soon as possible.

Your dentist will clean the tooth socket, remove any debris from the hole, and then fill the socket with a medicated dressing or a special paste to speed up healing. They may prescribe you the antibiotics to prevent the socket from becoming infected. To care for the dry socket at home the recommendation is to rinse with salt water or a special mouthwash every day.

You’ll probably have to come back to the dentist for a dressing change until the socket starts to heal and your pain is gone.

Dry Socket Facts:

  • A dry socket is a fairly common postoperative complication of tooth extraction characterised by severe pain.
  • It occurs when the tooth socket loses the blood clot that forms after a tooth is extracted and the bone inside the socket becomes exposed.
  • It is inflammation of the alveolar bone also referred to as alveolar osteitis.
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We are sorry! We are closed for the long weekend.

We are sorry! We are closed for the long weekend.

We will be closed on Saturday 24/08 and Monday 26/08. We are coming back on Tuesday 27/08 as usual at 9:00am.

In a case of any emergency, please call 111.

If you wish to book an appointment with us when we’re back, please leave us a voice mail or drop us an email. We will contact you Tuesday morning.

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Small change can make a big difference

Small change can make a big difference


Because we do understand our patients are busy and have different needs, different schedules and different expectations, we would like to announce small change in our opening hours. We are pleased to inform that from now on, we will be able to offer an early morning appointment on Fridays. We are open from 8:00 AM. If you need more details, please email us or call our lovely reception team.

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Every innovative feature of the Invisalign System is designed to reveal the smile that you deserve. It’s why millions of people have now transformed their lives with removable, near-invisible aligners. 

Custom-made to move your teeth little by little, each tiny shift takes you a step closer to that next version of you – efficiently, gently and accurately.  

Made to move all sorts of smiles.

Invisalign treatment is clinically proven to be effective. In the hands of an experienced Invisalign Provider it can be used to treat mild to complex teeth straightening issues, like:

  • Underbite – dental condition characterized by lower teeth that extend outward farther than the upper front teeth. 
  • Open bite – lack of occlusion of the front teeth when the jaw is closed normally.
  • Crossbite – when the upper and lower teeth close in a bite, the two sets of teeth don’t meet correctly. 
  • Overly crowded – misaligned teeth. Teeth that are not lined up properly’.  Patients with malocclusion have teeth that are not as straight as they should be, and this is often not ideal for a number of reasons.
  • Deep bite – the upper front teeth excessively overlap the bottom front teeth when back teeth are closed.
  • Gapped Teeth – also called a diastema (plural diastemata), it is a space or gap between two teeth.

On your terms

Our state-of-the-art digital treatment planning tools mean you only need short and usually non-invasive visits to your Invisalign Provider every 6 to 8 weeks. They’ll provide you with your next series of aligners to take home – so you can change them every 1-2 weeks, wherever you might be.

More precise, less pain

Aligners made from SmartTrack material are more comfortable, trimmed to your exact gum line to fit better, and are easy to put in and take out. They’re also less painful than braces.

Made to move your life, not disrupt it

Because the aligners are removable, you can easily take them in and out to continue enjoying the food you love without any restrictions. For those who participate in contact sports, Invisalign clear aligners can be removed before you play. 

Is Invisalign for me?

As with any brace, for Invisalign to work you would need to adjust your lifestyle a little bit. The aligners must be worn for 22 hours every day and you are not allowed to eat or drink (except cold water) when you wear it. If you are not strict with wearing the aligners, you may be faced with your treatment taking longer than planned or not achieving the best result possible. You do not have to change your diet but you will have to clean your teeth and your aligners after every snack, drink or meal.

Most cases are suitable for Invisalign, however in some occasions only a fixed brace will provide the best result. Book your consultation with our Invisalign Provider and he can answer your questions and guide you through the entire process.

How long should each aligner be worn for?

The aligners should be worn for 2 weeks and then changed for the next set. Moving teeth should be done as slow and gentle as possible to avoid shrinkage of the roots which can make teeth less stable and become mobile over time.

Are they completely invisible?

The aligners are clear and virtually invisible; however the aligners can make your teeth appear shinier and may discolour slightly close to your next aligner change. Many patients get through treatment and tell no-one even knew.

 Does Invisalign cause speak difference?

Not in a long term but at the beginning there may be temporary change to your speech when you are getting used to your new aligners.

How to clean aligners?

The best way to clean your aligners is with a very soft toothbrush and a small amount of your daily toothpaste. You can also purchase cleaning tablets that dissolve in water to use occasionally if you feel that your aligners need freshening up.

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Teeth sensitivity - FAQs

Teeth sensitivity - FAQs

If you pass on hot or cold drinks because you know they’ll make your teeth hurt, it may be time to talk to your dentist about the possibility that you have sensitive teeth.

What Is Tooth Sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity is a common name for dentin hypersensitivity or root sensitivity. If hot, cold, sweet, salty or acidic foods and drinks, or breathing in chilly air, makes your teeth or a tooth sensitive or painful then you have sensitive teeth. In other words, sensitivity means your teeth react other way than normal. It is not a toothache it is discomfort and sometimes a sharp pain in the tooth or teeth.

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity occurs when dentin becomes exposed. There are few reasons for that:

  • Brushing too hard or using a hard-bristled toothbrush. This can wear down enamel, causing dentin to become exposed, or encourage gum recession.
  • Plaque build-up.
  • Long-term use of mouthwash. Some mouthwashes contain acids and if dentin is exposed the acids can make existing tooth sensitivity worse and also further damage the dentin layer. There are neutral fluoride mouthwashes available that might be a better option.
  • Gum recession. This often happens or people who suffer from periodontal disease.
  • Gingivitis. Inflamed and sore gum tissue can result in exposure of the tooth’s root.
  • Cracked teeth. Bacteria from plaque can get into the tooth and cause inflammation or even more – it may lead to abscess and infection.
  • Teeth grinding or clenching. This can wear down enamel.
  • Acidic foods. These can be reason for enamel reduction.
  • Dental procedures. Teeth may be sensitive after professional cleaning, crown replacement and other tooth restoration procedures. Usually the pain will disappear in few weeks.
  • Another cause of temporary tooth sensitivity is whitening.
  • Sensitivity can be also a genetic factor. Thanks, mom and dad.

How Do You Treat Tooth Sensitivity?

The widely accepted solution for tooth sensitivity is using a toothpaste that can reduce or stop the sensitivity. But desensitizing toothpaste only acts as a painkiller not as a treatment. While this is a good short-term solution for temporary sensitivity (for example this caused by teeth whitening), and a good long-term solution for the cases in which sensitivity is genetic, it shouldn’t be the only way you deal with sensitivity.

For example, if you grind or clench your teeth at night, and it can be diagnosed by your dentist during a check-up, then your dentist may suggest you getting a custom mouthguard. Other minor changes like using a soft-bristled toothbrush that helps you brush gently with sensitive vibrations or paying attention to the foods you eat can help, too.

Most importantly, if you’re experiencing tooth sensitivity, it is likely a signal of an issue with your teeth and you should see your dentist to schedule a clinical treatment. This will lead to healthier and less sensitive teeth down the line, and fully enjoyable ice creams in the park. Just remember to brush after.

There are several types of treatment available and there is no single treatment option that works for everyone. Proper diagnosis of the reason for the sensitivity is essential in treating sensitivity. If the reason for the sensitivity is addressed, the treatment chosen will be more successful in decreasing pain.

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