Before a tooth extraction, our oral and maxillofacial surgeon examined the patient’s mouth and the tooth that has to be removed and charts the patient’s state of health.
In addition, any necessary X-ray images are taken of the tooth in order to see the position of the root and its relationship to surrounding tissues.
A tooth extraction can normally take place during the first consultation, but if a surgical procedure is necessary a separate appointment must be arranged.
Before a tooth is extracted, the tooth is anaesthetised in order to ensure the procedure is painless. Patients can also choose to have extractions performed under sedation (i.e. relaxing medication) or under general anaesthetic.
Following the procedure, the patient is given a week-long course of antibiotics and pain medication. The patient is signed off work for 1–2 days, sometimes one week.