A common question that we come across is, “What are surgical procedures?”
This can be defined as any procedure that involves the removal (tooth excision / tooth extraction) or cutting (incision) any part of the body by qualified health professionals in a clean and safe environment.
The dentist will assess the health of your facial musculature, the jaw joints, the upper part of the neck, followed by the inside of the mouth including the directly visible throat area, the tongue, the cheeks, the palate and the floor of the mouth during your general check-up. During an emergency appointment, a thorough examination of the tooth/teeth in question will be performed.
The treatment options will be discussed with you and if a surgical procedure requiring tooth extraction is required, further information will be provided which will include:
- The proposed treatment procedure
- Associated risks
- Instructions on care before and after the procedure
- Opportunity to ask any further questions
Anxious patients will be provided with an option of sedation and we will endeavour to put you at ease throughout the procedure.
A tooth may be extracted if it has become too decayed or has been damaged too extensively for the dentist to be able to restore it. Following the extraction the tooth’s socket may feel sore for a some time and it may be advisable to take the recommended painkillers if you are able to in order to ease your pain.