Whether you need an extraction due to impaction or decay, it can be a somewhat daunting experience.


In a regular dental practice, oral extractions and general dental surgery are quite common and can be performed for several reasons. Typically it is used as a means of extracting teeth in preparation for orthodontic treatment or to relieve the pressure caused by an impacted wisdom tooth. As dental implants have grown in popularity, many people are undertaking dental surgeries to have them fitted, meaning more people than ever before are asking our team questions about surgical procedures.

At Deakin Dental, our dentist in Canberra has performed numerous dental surgeries; everything from simple extractions to more complex cases such as wisdom tooth removal. Also trained in the fitting of dental implants, our team will try to ensure that your extraction or surgical procedure is performed without a hitch, allowing you to recover without any secondary complications.

But what are some of the most commonly asked questions that our dentist in Canberra answers about dental surgeries and extractions? Read on to find out!

Will I be given a sedative?

If you are a nervous patient, then the idea of undertaking an extraction may seem daunting.

Our dentist in Canberra will be able to offer you either nitrous oxide sedatives (laughing gas) or intravenous sedation which will help you to feel more relaxed during the surgery.

If you are undertaking IV sedatives, you will need to bring a family member or friend along to escort you home and you should refrain from operating heavy machinery for 24 hours.

Will I need stitches?

Potentially, depending on the underlying surgery being performed, our team may decide to apply stitches to ensure a faster healing time. They may need to be removed after a few weeks by our team or they may be dissolvable.

Is there extra care needed for wisdom tooth removal?

If your wisdom teeth are removed, you may need to use over-the-counter pain relief for a while, as this surgery is quite uncomfortable.

Try to keep the area clean with saltwater and if you suspect you have a dry socket at any time following the extraction, contact our team for an emergency appointment.

My mouth keeps bleeding after the surgery- what should I do?

If your mouth bleeds for longer than 20 minutes (with the application of gauze and pressure), you need to contact our team for an emergency appointment. We will stop the bleeding by using either a surgical glue or we may need to apply stitches.

How long will it take the extraction site to heal?

This will depend on the surgery that was performed to extract the tooth; if it was a simple extraction, the site could take up to 2 weeks to completely heal.

However, if the tooth was below the gum line and a surgical extraction was required, this could take up to 4 weeks to heal completely and may require stitches. With oral implant fittings, the site can take between 3-6 weeks to heal.


All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.