Short courses


Postoperative Care: Suture Removal for Dental Nurses, Hygienists and Therapists

  • 6.5 hours
  • 1 day


This one-day course is for dental care professionals who assist in surgical procedures and want to extend their scope of practice under the direction of a dentist.

It will enable you to be confident and competent in removing sutures after the wound has been checked by a dentist. You'll also learn how to support your patients with postoperative care.

The course includes interactive seminars and hands-on practical activities.

The course is run by the UCL Eastman Dental Institute in London.

Course content

Interactive seminars

The interactive seminars will cover:

  • wound healing
  • different suture materials
  • different suture techniques
  • postoperative and supportive care 

Hands-on sessions

The hands-on part of the course will cover:

  • different techniques of suturing
  • suture removal techniques 

Who this course is for

This course is for qualified or training dental care professionals (nurses, hygienists or dental therapists) who assist with oral surgery procedures like extractions, periodontal surgery, or implant surgery.

Course aims and objective

This course aims:

  • to provide basic theoretical knowledge and techniques for suture removal
  • to held you understand structured postoperative care after surgical procedures

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • recognise different suturing materials and types  
  • remove sutures after a wound has been checked by a dentist
  • provide postoperative instructions  

Structure and teaching

The day will run from approximately 9:30am to 5pm.

In the morning, you'll take part in interactive seminars on the theoretical aspects of wound healing and suturing techniques.

These are supplemented with videos of live clinical cases to highlight key stages in treatment.

The afternoon will involve hands-on sessions.

CPD points and certificate

You'll gain 6.5 hours of verifiable CPD, plus a certificate of attendance.

Cost and concessions

The standard price is £175.

A reduced fee of £110 is available if you've worked with a dentist who has booked the Implant Dentistry: Maxillary Sinus Augmentation course.

Quality controls

All Eastman teachers are experienced professionals. You'll be asked to submit written feedback via a questionnaire at the end of the course, which is used to monitor the course's quality of teaching and value for money.


Please read the Eastman's refunds policy before booking.

Course team

Safa Somi

Safa Somi

Safa Somi completed her Master of Clinical Dentistry in Prosthodontics from Cardiff University with distinction in 2014 and gained Membership in Prosthodontics Diploma from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh afterward. She has been recognised by General Dental Council as a Specialist in Prosthodontics following her extensive speciality training and experience in managing complex restorative cases.

Safa was appointed as a part-time Clinical Lecturer at Cardiff Dental School from 2014 till 2018 where she was teaching postgraduate dentists at Master of Clinical Dentistry (Prosthodontics) and MSc (Implantology). She was responsible for didactic and clinical teaching in advanced restorative and implant dentistry to dentists undergoing specialist training for the Membership in Restorative Dentistry Diploma. At Cardiff University, Safa was also involved in a few research projects, her research interest was in the field of tissue regeneration.

Safa is now a Senior Clinical Teaching Fellow on the Implant Dentistry PG Diploma at the UCL Eastman Dental Institute.

Course information last modified: 30 Nov 2022, 16:00