After a tooth is removed, a blood clot forms in the socket to protect the bone and nerves underneath while healing occurs. If the blood clot breaks down too soon, dry socket will occur usually about 3 or 4 days after the extraction. At this point, the wound becomes very sore. If you think this is happening to you, please call the receptionist so we can get you back in to place a dressing where the blood clot was, relieving the pain while the wound heals.
FOLLOW UP: The receptionist will call you, usually after 10am, on the next working day to check on your progress.
If you have any problems after your extraction, please ring Family Dental Care on 4625 4897 first. Medical doctors do not always know how to best handle dental problems.
However, if you are having trouble afterhours, Dr White may be available to give advice by calling 0404 854 250.
For EMERGENCIES contact your local hospital, Campbelltown Hospital PH: 4634 3000 or ring 000.
Examples of serious emergencies are excessive bleeding or increased swelling of your face.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.