Healing after Tooth Extractions

After a tooth extraction procedure, it is highly recommended to follow your dental professionals; tips to ensure a speedy ecovery. For most patients, waiting for the healing time to pass can be quite time-consuming if you are unaware of the full timeline of the healing process. The truth is, the healing process can vary from patient to patient, depending on their specific body type, medical history factors, and how well they follow their dentists instructions.

In addition to the reasons listed above, the wound size of an extraction site is also a factor in the total healing process timeline. Having three teeth removed instead of one may have an impact on healing time. It is obvious that larger wounds will need more time to heal than that of smaller wounds. Patients who have better overall health also have the advantage of having a faster healing process time than other patients. Older patients will typically have slower healing times that younger patients. This is why we recommend wisdom teeth be removed when young.

Should I Take off From Work?

Taking time off from work is a common point of confusion when it comes to tooth extractions. The truth behind taking time off from work (and how much time) question can be answered by your dentist. As mentioned above, the healing time can vary for many reasons. However, in most cases, patients will only take a day or two off from work. The first day is needed to allow the extraction procedure to take place. The second day is recommended to allow the medication to ease with the pain and swelling for the next day. Plus, when you have an oralopen wound, medication is needed for the pain and going to work may be the last thing on your mind.

The First 24 Hours After a Tooth Extraction

This time-period is perhaps the toughest time after a tooth extraction. This is when the initial shock and pain from the procedure will start to subside, and the soreness and swelling will occur. You may feel extremely sore on the outside of your jaw, and it might hurt to chew or speak initially after the procedure.

During this time, your body will start to form a blood clot at the site of the extraction. It is extremely important that nothing disrupts the growth and spread of these blood clots as they are the healing agents needed for a fast and safe recovery.
During this time, your dental professional will warn you to stay away from physical sports, doing physical labor, and keep away from anything that could strain and tire your body and mouth. Again, these vary with the severity of the tooth extraction. Some extractions with small-sized wounds won’t need to follow these extreme rules as they do not apply to them. In hindsight, a dental tooth extraction will usually take a full 2-3 weeks to fully recover. This time period can be extended depending on the factors involved. However, a patient can usually be back to normal activities after just a few days.

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