You wake up in the middle of the night, and that little toothache you’ve been suffering from for the previous several weeks is no longer minor. Your tooth is aching so loudly right now that you can almost hear it! After a brief glance in the mirror, you figure the dentist will just want to remove it. How long will it take you to recuperate if this is the case? Will you have to take time off from work? We’ll address all of your fundamental questions regarding what to anticipate following tooth extraction.
Why would someone require a tooth extraction?
• It has been irreparably ruined by a big hollow.
• It is irreparably damaged and cannot be fixed.
• Advanced gum disease has compromised the bone that holds it up.
• It will not fall out naturally/is blocking an incoming adult tooth (baby teeth only)
• Room is needed for a denture, dental implant, or orthodontic treatment
• It’s painful, impacted (stuck), or infectious (which is usually the case with the wisdom teeth) How long does recovery take following a surgical extraction?
How long does a surgical extraction take to heal?
The answer to this issue varies greatly from patient to patient, based on a few key aspects such as the size and position of the tooth, the patient’s oral health, and the patient’s compliance with aftercare recommendations.
The recovery time for a basic extraction (which includes removing a tooth that has already erupted into the mouth) is typically extremely short. Typically, your oral surgeon will request that you rest for at least 48-72 hours following the procedure to enable the treated area to clot. Following that, the patient should be able to resume regular physical exercise. Soft tissue normally heals completely in 3-4 weeks.
The recuperation period is somewhat longer after a surgical extraction (the removal of a tooth that is still inside the gums and jawbone). Again, the doctor would likely advise the patient to take the first 48-72 hours easy, and then to restrict physical activity for approximately a week or two before returning to regular activities.
The length of time a patient will need to miss work after extraction will be determined mostly by the level of physical activity necessary for their employment. This should be addressed beforehand between the patient and their oral surgeon so that the patient may coordinate with their employer if required.
Tips for extractions recovery
• Avoid brushing, flossing, or chewing at the treatment site for the first several days;
• Do not use a straw, rinse the mouth, or spit for the first 24 hours to allow a suitable blood clot to form; and
• Do not smoke, since this increases the risk of getting an infection.
• Limit physical activity to avoid dislodging the clot (which might result in a painful dry socket)
• Sleep with the head elevated for the first several days to prevent bleeding
• Use a cold compress or prescription medicine as advised to manage any swelling or discomfort
Most extractions are reasonably fast and straightforward, thanks to contemporary dental technology and local anesthetic, and the recovery period is pleasant and brief. Of course, if you want to prevent having a tooth out in the first place, the answer is simple: brush twice a day, floss daily, and see your dentist on a regular basis. With this easy strategy, you may assure that every time you visit the Santa Monica Center for Oral Surgery & Dental Implants, you will depart with the same number of teeth as when you came!