Tooth Extraction Healing Time – What to Expect

Goodbyes are never easy but some farewells are good for your health, such as tooth extractions. However, teeth removal does come with pain but the discomfort is mild and goes away in a while. This guide to will walk you through the tooth extraction healing time to ensure a smooth return to a healthy smile.

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    What to Expect After a Tooth Extraction?

    Here’s what you can expect from the tooth extraction healing time:

    The First Day

    The first day of your tooth extraction might be filled with swelling and discomfort. Your dentist will prescribe some over-the-counter medicines to manage the pain. You can also apply an ice pack to the treated area to minimize the discomfort.

    Additionally, swelling usually peaks 24 hours after the surgery. If the discomfort and bleeding persist for two to three days, consult your dentist to be sure there are no issues with your operation.

    The Second Day

    On the second day, the swelling can get a little worse, but it should start to go downhill from there. Keep taking your painkiller as directed, and refrain from using harsh mouthwash. To keep the region clean, you can clean it with salt water a few times a day.

    The Third Day

    The vacant tooth socket will have mostly healed within 3 days. At this time, there should be no more blood and very little pain. Although there could be some soreness or stiffness left, pain and discomfort should be gone. It’s important to maintain the clot in place during this phase of the healing process, which calls for extra cleanliness measures.

    • Rinse: use warm water mixed with salt or a saline solution to gently rinse your mouth. This will lessen the likelihood of infection and the growth of germs in the region.
    • Brush and floss: You can start brushing and flossing as normal, but be careful not to brush or floss the area where the extraction was done. The salt water or saline rinse will clean the extraction region.

    Week After the Extraction

    Your clot should be fully formed and in its proper location after 7-10 days. Any non-dissolving stitches you may have received will be taken out. The stitches would disappear on their own if they were dissolving.

    If you are experiencing pain or bleeding during this phase of the healing process, ask your dentist whether you need to schedule a follow-up appointment.

    2 Weeks After the Extraction

    The sockets will heal almost entirely in around 14 days. However, at the extraction site, the tissue is very vascular and sensitive. Refrain from over-brushing this tissue and from chewing food too much in the vicinity of the extraction site. Even when your gum socket has nearly healed, you run the risk of developing an infection or rupturing the newly formed gum tissue layer.

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    Final Say!

    Your crooked teeth can be removed via tooth extraction, but there is an adequate tooth extraction healing time. Post-operative care is essential following a tooth extraction, as it helps clotting and protects the extraction site throughout the healing phase.

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