Oral Surgery in Oxford Road, Reading

General Dentistry

Minor Oral Surgery / Extractions

Minor Oral Surgery

Until recently Minor Oral Surgery Clinics have been managed by local hospitals. Since 1st April 2013 the contracts have been allocated to the local community to provide a shorter waiting list for Minor Oral Surgery procedures.

Our aim is to provide patients with a calm and welcoming environment in which we can see you and complete your treatment within a reasonable time scale.

Our MOS clinics are by referral only, by your own General Dental Practice. Once you have seen your own dentist, they can refer you Via the NHS triaging service for treatment with one of our resident Surgeons. Upon receipt of your recommended treatment plan we will contact you directly by telephone and book an appointment for you to attend our MOS suite for the initial consultation with the Oral Surgeon.

If we are unable to contact you by telephone we will send a pre-booked appointment for you, but if the time is inconvenient we will be happy to rearrange.

We aim to see all patients within two weeks from receipt of the referral. Once we have carried out the recommended treatment you will be passed back to your regular general dental practitioner for your routine dental needs.

About Minor Oral Surgery Referral
Will I need to be accompanied?

On the day of the initial consultation you will not usually need to be accompanied although some treatment may be carried out at the first appointment. We would recommend someone come along with you on the day of treatment/s.

Is there parking on site?

We have parking for our patients at the rear of the practice including a disabled parking space adjacent to the ramp/entrance. Please make our reception team aware of any mobility problems you have when booking the initial appointment.

Will I need to fill out any forms?

We may need further information regarding medications and allergies. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment to complete any additional forms.

How much will treatment cost?

All referrals to us from your dentist are funded by the National Health Service so there is no charge to pay at our practice for your treatment with the Minor Oral Surgery department.

How long will treatment take?

The complicity of the procedure will determine the length of appointment needed for the treatment. We will normally book at least a 30 minute appointment for treatment.

How will I feel after my treatment?

As all treatment is carried out with local anaesthesia the area being treated will remain numb for several hours. You will also feel some soreness and discomfort for several days in the localised area. To help ease your symptoms we usually recommend normal pain killers.

What aftercare will I receive?

After your treatment a member of our Minor Oral Surgery team will contact you to check on your progress and answer any questions you may have.

Once the Oral Surgeon has completed your treatment you will be discharged from his care, back to your own dentist, however should you have any adverse effects we will be here to help you.

If you have any questions or you would like to discuss treatment please do not hesitate to call the Minor Oral Surgery team on 01189 574516


Sometimes there may not be room in your mouth for your wisdom teeth and, as they start to come through, they may push against the teeth already there or they may start to come through at an angle. When this happens, you might feel some pain or discomfort.

An x-ray of your mouth will allow the dentist to make a judgement on whether or not to take your wisdom tooth out and how easy or difficult it might be.

Please speak to your dentist about your options.

A simple extraction is a removal of a tooth without the need to cut into the gum. The most common reasons for tooth extraction is removing seriously damaged teeth because of tooth decay, a fractured or broken tooth or it may also be necessary to reduce dental crowding or the risk of infection and in the case of preparing for a denture.

After the tooth extraction procedure
Will I be in pain?

It is likely that there will be some discomfort and swelling both on the inside and outside of your mouth after extraction/surgery. This is usually worse for the first three days but it can take up to two weeks before all the soreness disappears.

You may need to control the pain with tablets. If these have not been prescribed, you can use pain killers you would normally use if you had a headache. Follow the dosage recommended on the packet. If antibiotics have been prescribed, please ensure you finish the course.

What about bleeding?

When you have any teeth removed you are left with a hole (tooth socket) in your jawbone. At first a blood clot forms, before healing over completely.

If bleeding occurs when you go home, apply pressure on the tooth socket with a clean, damp rolled piece of cotton/linen handkerchief. Try this for the first 10 to 20 minutes. If bleeding does not stop, please telephone the surgery. If the surgery is closed call the emergency dentist telephone number Emergency Appointment Keep biting on the handkerchief until you have spoken to or seen the dentist.

Can I eat or drink after treatment?

Try not to eat or drink if possible until after the numbness has worn off. It is advisable to eat on the opposite side of your mouth to the extraction site. For the first 12 hours (after the numbness has worn off) avoid hot drinks (which can break down the clot). Take only warm liquids or soft foods.

Can I smoke or drink alcohol?

It is advisable not to smoke or drink alcohol for at least 24 hours after the extraction. Smoking can prevent healing and cause bleeding to start.

What do I need to do at home?

When you have had a tooth out you must look after the area to speed healing and to reduce the risk of infection. It is important to keep the extraction site as clean as possible for the first few weeks after surgery. It might be difficult to clean your teeth around the sites of the extraction because it is sore.

The day after your extraction you can start using a warm salt water bath to help reduce the risk of infection. Dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water, hold a mouthful in your mouth for about 30 seconds so that the solution floods to the extraction site, then spit it out and continue in the same way until you have used the entire cup. You can do this after every meal or two to three times a day. Keep using the salt water until the extraction socket has healed. Do not use mouthwash as this may harm newly growing cells.

Will I have any problems?

It is uncommon to get an infection, particularly if good oral hygiene is maintained after surgery. If you are worried about infection, the signs would be a raised temperature, a nasty taste in the mouth, increased pain and severe swelling around the extraction site. If you experience any of these, it is important to contact us as soon as possible.