A small plastic tube (called a cannula) will be placed into a vein in the arm or hand.

The cannula is used to administer intravenous sedation, which is the first stage of your anaesthetic. Once the anaesthetic has taken effect, you’ll be taken to the operating theatre.

The oral surgeon will make an incision in the gum tissue above the tooth and move the tissue aside to expose the tooth that is to be extracted. In some cases this is enough to enable the surgeon to grasp the tooth, moving it from side to side, freeing it from the bone and surrounding tissues so it can be extracted.

Sometimes when the roots of the tooth are curved, or the tooth is impacted, removing portions of the surrounding bone using a drill or osteotome (chisel-like, bone cutting knife) is required to be able to free the tooth. The tooth may be split into parts and removed one piece at a time.

Once the extraction(s) have been completed, your oral surgeon will close the incision with dissolving sutures and cover the area with a gauze pad (dental packs).


Your aftercare and recovery.


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