Tooth Extraction Aftercare

Advice on a speedy recovery from your local Epsom dentist

Whilst we will do everything that we can to preserve a natural tooth, including fillings, root canals and crowns; there are times when the only realistic option available is to extract the tooth. This is usually a straightforward procedure, performed using a local anaesthetic, and one which usually does not take too long.

The nature of an extraction though, does mean that diligent post-extraction care is needed, so we thought it would be helpful to provide the following guidance to help patients of the Clock Tower Dental Clinic in Epsom with a comfortable and rapid recovery.

Immediate post procedure care

Once a tooth has been extracted, your dentist will place some gauze on the area of the wound and ask you to keep it there for a short period of time. This is important as it not only minimises any loss of blood, but also helps a blood clot to form in the area which starts the healing process. You will also be given extra gauze in the event that the first blood clot becomes dislodged, causing further bleeding.

Please take care not to dislodge the clot though – this can easily happen if you accidentally poke it with your tongue or finger. Eat soft foods slowly and carefully too and do not brush in that area. In the event that you do displace the blood clot and it does not re-heal, please contact us immediately as this can lead to a painful dry socket.


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Whiter Teeth The Easy Way

white teeth smiles

Creating a great looking smile with a fast acting teeth whitening procedure.

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular and widely used procedures in the field of cosmetic dentistry. There are many reasons for this including the speed, affordability and the non invasive aspect of this treatment. Above all though, a teeth whitening procedure can be one of the most effective ways to really improve your smile.

We have performed this procedure for many people from the Epsom area, most of whom initially came to us believing that their discoloured teeth were something they would simply have to live with. However, following a consultation and treatment, they have been delighted with the near-instant results; often improving the whiteness of their teeth up to eight times.

So, how do we achieve whiter teeth for our patients?

In house treatment

Teeth whitening can be done either in our Epsom dental practice, or at home. The benefit of ‘in house’ teeth whitening is that your teeth are whitened quickly, typically within one hour. Home whitening kits are also available and are very effective – but do take longer to work.

At the Clock Tower Dental Clinic, we use the revolutionary teeth whitening method called ‘Zoom 2’ which is simple, straightforward and involves no invasive work.

Before the procedure commences, the patient’s lips and gums are protected to stop them from coming into contact with the whitening ingredient to prevent burning. A whitening gel is then applied to the teeth and this is activated using a special light. Within approximately one hour, the gel will have done its work and is removed, leaving the patient with significantly whiter teeth.

At home whitening kits

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Dental Implants – Strong, Secure And Long Lasting

Implants can benefit a wide range of patients.

Dental implants are rapidly becoming the ‘go to’ method for replacing missing teeth. Whilst dentures are still used, an increasing number of patients find that they are inconvenient, sometimes uncomfortable and unstable in the mouth.

At the Clock Tower Dental Clinic in Epsom, Surrey, we are able to offer our patients both individual and multiple implants. Where a number of teeth need to be replaced, it may prove both impractical and expensive to replace each one with an individual implant. In this circumstance, it is possible to use just a few implants which then hold a fixed bridge in place.

Who benefits?

The only patients that we can rule out of having dental implants, without the need for examination, are younger patients who have not yet fully developed facially. To place a dental implant into a patient who is too young, would cause significant future problems as the jawbone grew. In cases such as these, a temporary measure such as a bridge or dentures, might be used until they are old enough to receive implants.


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Family Dental Care

healthy family

Good oral health for all generations in Epsom.

We are sometimes asked which is the most important time of our lives to look after our teeth. The answer to that is quite simple; all ages. Whether very young or very old, good oral health is essential although specific issues may arise at different stages of our lives.

At The Clock Tower Dental Clinic your local dentist in Epsom, we see patients of all ages, including different generations of the same family. We take pride in our ability to provide healthy and attractive teeth for all ages at our Surrey dental practice.


Let us start with the youngest age of all. Although dental problems in babies are very rare, it is now widely believed that a child should first be taken to the dentist at around one year old. Although treatment is unlikely, these early visits allows them to become accustomed to the sights, sounds and smells of a dental practice and, it is thought, that this early exposure helps to prevent dental anxiety in later life.

Young children

Young children should definitely be seen by a dentist. There are few children who don’t enjoy eating large quantities of sugar, sometimes without the parent even being fully aware. Our dentists are very patient with young children and can help them to understand how sugar can damage their teeth, and also teach them the best way to brush their teeth effectively. Any sign of dental decay can be treated early on without the need for a potentially more frightening experience for the child later if the problem is neglected.


The teenage years are when a lot of dental damage occurs. Sugary foods and drinks are often consumed in large quantities, and, although it is decreasing, many teenagers also take up smoking during teen years. This is very bad for oral health, general health and can also increase the risk of oral cancers. Although teenagers do tend to have a mind of their own, we do urge parents to encourage them in any way that they can, to visit our convenient Epsom High Street practice.


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Pain-Free Dentistry ‘The Magic Wand’


Everybody always tells me I have great teeth, and how great it must be working in a dental practice being able to have my teeth checked and treated regularly. The truth is we rarely have our teeth checked!

So, I plucked up the courage to see Rav for a check-up. Radiographs were taken and to my dismay I need a filling.

Having never had any treatment before I was petrified…. but I needn’t be.

Rav used The Wand and I did not feel a thing. The Wand is a computerised anaesthetic system that gently introduces the anaesthetic through a very fine needle. The cartridge is warmed to body temperature and the gum frozen first. I was then able to have my treatment without feeling a thing, and the numbness wore off comfortably after only a couple of hours.

Painful injections really are a thing of the past!

We use The Wand for every patient and most do not even realise they have had an injection.

Dentistry does not have to be painful, we have a Magic Wand.

We Are What We Eat


Deepi Murphy attended a nutrition course last week with Dr Alex Richardson, senior research fellow, University of Oxford and founder director of (FAB ) food and behaviour research, and Jo Gamble a leading nutritional therapist and functional medic. It was a pleasure to meet Jo (pictured above).

The research taken by Dr Richardson is fascinating and we can discuss the results of FAB organisation at your next visit for healthy teeth, body and wellbeing.

Sugar and Refined Carbs are associated with: obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancers, ADHD, depression, dementia and other Mental Health Problems.

Sugary foods and drinks cause rapid swings in blood sugar (affecting mood, behaviour and cognition)

‘Slow release foods’ at breakfast help to keep blood sugar levels stable (minimizing fluctuations in mood, behaviour and cognition). Porridge is a great ‘slow release’ breakfast .

Sugar is addictive and there is scientific evidence that intermittent excessive sugar causes endogenous opioid dependence.

Does sugar make you stupid?

Dr Richardson discussed how water laced with high fructose corn syrup given to omega3 deficient rats over 6 weeks led to learning and memory problems !!!

Sugar is not just toxic to teeth!





H&H – delicious cookies made using maple syrup as an alternative to sugar


Follow Hemsley and Hemsley for a great selection of delicious and nutrient-dense recipes.

Their philosophy is ‘Eat well to feel better’ and they prove that delicious food can be healthy.

We just love this recipe for cookies made with a sugar alternative…

Cupcakes – good for your teeth


Here we have found a really yummy recipe for sugar-free cupcakes!

Chocolate Orange Cup Cakes

Try this new take on the chocolate cup cake. By using the zest and juice of two oranges you can add to both the flavour and the sweetness.


  • 200g (7oz) margarine
  • 100g (3.5oz) cocoa
  • Three tbs honey
  • Two large eggs
  • Two oranges
  • 120g (4.5oz) self-raising flour


Preheat your oven to 180 deg C/350 deg F/gas mark four. Melt your margarine, honey and cocoa in a small pan over a low heat.

Carefully grate the zest of your two oranges and squeeze the juice. Stir the juice and zest in with the saucepan ingredients. Then sieve your flour into a large bowl. Stir in the hot liquid. Beat your eggs and stir those in too.

When thoroughly mixed, spoon the mixture into paper cake cases placed on a baking sheet. Bake for approximately 10 minutes until risen. Dust lightly with cocoa powder to finish off.

Discover Neem


Want to take a natural approach to looking after your teeth and gums?

Discover Neem….

Neem is a tree, Neem leaves, fruit and oil (extracted from the seeds) are said to contain healing properties.

Neem twigs have often been used to clean the teeth due to their antibacterial properties. Many natural toothpastes now contain Neem. It can be used to aid the healing of mouth ulcers and as a natural analgesic, can help to reduce tooth sensitivity.

Studies agree that Neem Can:

– prevent and heal gum disease

– prevent cavities

– reduce plaque

– freshen breath

The use of Neem has also showed no adverse side effect, so why not give it a try?

A Straighter Smile in 6 Months

When I first heard about Six Month Smiles I will admit I was dubious.

Rav came in telling us all about this course he had attended and about a revolutionary orthodontic system which aligns your teeth in only 6 months.

I then stepped up as the guinea pig having always been conscious of my crowded teeth.

Rav took some impressions then 2 weeks later my braces were ready to fit. The whole process took about an hour and was surprisingly comfortable straight away. The brackets are ceramic so the only way people noticed a difference was my lisping for a couple of days, but again, this settled in pretty quickly too!

The day after I woke with a couple of sore spots from the brackets so I applied the wax as directed and all became comfortable again.

I had to see Rav then once a month for the elastics and wires to be changed – taking only 15 minutes a time. After only 4 months my braces were ready to be removed!!

I have now had fixed retainers cemented in place behind my teeth (no not visible at all) in order to keep my teeth in their new position, and removable retainers to wear at night.

Have the Six Month Smile has boosted my confidence immensely and I would recommend it to anybody. The procedure was so simple from the start to the end.

It really is never too late.