If the tooth is under your gum, the surgeon will have to make a small cut in the gum to access the tooth or root.
The tooth may be cut into two or more pieces without cutting the gum – this makes the remainder of the tooth smaller so the pieces can be removed easily.
It is very rare for extractions to need stitches, but in some cases a small number of self-dissolving stitches may be needed. As with the extraction, you will not feel anything but the area will be uncomfortable for a few days afterwards. You will be advised to take painkillers to help with this.
The stitches will dissolve by themselves so you will not need to come back to have them removed.