Dental extractions are usually simple procedures that can be carried out under local anaesthetic. In some situations, the tooth is more difficult and needs to be surgically removed. This can still be done under local anaesthetic.
Factors that can determine whether it is a simple or surgical extraction include the extent of decay in the tooth, the size and number of roots the tooth has and the position of the tooth and proximity to important structures in the jaws (sinus space, nerve supply and other teeth). Removing a tooth is a moderately invasive dental procedure.
It is very important that we have an up-to-date medical history, including a list of current medications prior to commencing any tooth removal procedures.