Preparing for your procedure

Preparing for a tooth extraction

In cases of abscess and infection, you may be given a course of antibiotics before your extraction.

You’ll normally need to fast for at least six hours beforehand, but your dentist/doctor will have their own specific preparation requirements. These instructions should be strictly followed.

What to take with you on the day

  • Medication you usually take during the day; you'll usually be able to take it
  • Leave valuables and jewellery at home (a plain band on your finger may be ok)

going to hospital

What to expect on the day of your procedure.


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