Following Government guidelines, the surgery has now reopened. We are initially prioritising those with the most urgent dental needs, with a view to resume routine dental care as soon as we can.
We are seeing patients by appointment only, please continue to call us for advice and support.
Although our practice has reopened please note it will not be business as usual. The treatments you are offered may be different to those you received before, depending on staff and personal protection equipment ( PPE ) available. It will take some time before services return to what you previously experienced as normal. Please be patient with us while we work towards resuming normal dental services in a safe environment.
You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:
Our practice will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again at your appointment
We have hand sanitiser that we will ask you to use when you enter the practice.
We no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect
Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.
How you can help:
Please do not arrive without an appointment
Please do not arrive early to the practice. Once you have arrived, please call the practice by phone on 01992 462 043 and check in with reception. You should then wait outside the practice until called in by a nurse.
Please limit the number of things you bring with you to your appointment. ONLY bring necessary items.
Please bring your own pen to sign any consent forms
We may ask you to complete your medical history form at home and bring it in at your appointment. Please ensure all parts are completed and all medications are recorded on this form
With the exception of children and patients with carers, patients should come alone
Only one consenting adult will be able to escort a child.
A face covering must be worn by anyone escorting a child or vulnerable adult into the building. This cannot be provided by the practice due to PPE shortages. All our PPE will be needed to treat our patients and protect staff and patients.
A distance of at least 2 metres must be observed if another patient is present in the dental practice
Payment should be made by card where possible and we will sometimes request this over the phone. If cash payment is to be made, please make sure you bring the cash in a plastic bag. Staff will not shake your hand
If you show symptoms following appointment booking, you should contact the practice by phone for advise
The welfare of our staff and patients is extremely important to us moving into this next stage in providing your dental care.
We look forward to welcoming everyone back
The Team at Hoddesdon Dental Surgery
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 to 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 clot which might have formed. However, after the tooth is removed if the clot is lost by premature rinsing for example the bone can be exposed to the air this can be very painful
Don't rinse your mouth for 24 hours after 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 the 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.
Sometimes there may not be room in your mouth for your wisdom teeth and, as they start to come through, they push against the teeth already there or may start to come through at an angle. 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.