If you’ve had a local anaesthetic, you’ll be able to drive yourself home. However, if you’ve been sedated for the treatment, you will need to organise for someone else to drive you home safely.
Your dentist will give you hygienic pads or cotton balls to put over the site in case of any bleeding, and you will likely have dental stitches, which dissolve after a few days so you don’t need to return to the office to have them removed.
The site may be tender and sore for a few days following the extraction, but this can be managed with basic over-the-counter pain medicines.
In cases where the tooth has been removed to avoid overcrowding (such as wisdom teeth extractions), you probably won’t have to do anything else.
On the other hand, if the tooth that was removed had to go due to decay or other problems, you might need follow-up bookings to review the treatment and discuss your options of an implant or bridge to replace the tooth.