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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The surgical removal of teeth

We realise that many patients are apprehensive about the prospect of an Oral Surgery procedure and aim to provide a caring, stress-free environment to help alleviate your worries. We hope that the following information will give you a little more info on any questions you have prior to your visit.

Why am I having a tooth removed surgically?
There a number of reasons for having a tooth removed surgically. Usually the tooth is very decayed and fractured and there is infection or discomfort. A surgical extraction is required when a simple extraction cannot be performed because of the condition and/or the position of the tooth.

How is a tooth removed surgically?
This depends on the condition and position of the tooth. In most cases the procedure can be performed under local anaesthesia or sometimes with additional intravenous sedation. When you attend the practice your case will be assessed both clinically and with an x-ray. Your surgeon will discuss the treatment options with you.

How long will the procedure take?
An appointment for local anaesthesia lasts between 30 and 45 minutes. If you are having sedation it will last approximately 90 minutes. The longer time allows for recovery from the sedation. If you have sedation you must have an escort present who can drive you home afterwards.

What can I expect afterwards?
This depends on the condition of your tooth and the difficulty of the extraction. You may experience soreness, swelling of the face, stiffness of the jaw and some bruising of your face. Any pain or swelling is usually at its worse 2- 3 days following your operation and then gradually improves. You will be prescribed painkillers and in some cases antibiotics to help you in post-operative period.

Will I have stitches?
Sometimes stitches are used and they are normally dissolvable. They can take up to 2 weeks to dissolve.

When can I return to work/school?
This depends on your occupation and the surgery you have had. We will discuss this with you when you attend for consultation. After your surgery we will give you written post-operative instructions to help you during the recovery period.

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