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How Long Does Tooth Extraction Take to Heal?

A common misconception about tooth extraction is “getting your teeth pulled,” but we cannot blame anyone for this. During ancient times, rotten teeth had to be pulled out to improve oral health, which in modern times seems like a pain beyond imagination. Today, dental professionals are all equipped with modern tools, techniques, and anesthetics, and the fear of tooth extraction has subsided to a great extent. The next burning hot query is: how long does it takes to heal once a tooth is extracted? Let’s explore what to expect at every stage.

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    Reasons for Tooth Extraction

    Nobody wishes to get their tooth extracted for fun; there’s always a cause behind it. These causes include:

    • Damage: If you accidentally injure your tooth beyond repair, the dentist will have no choice other than extraction.
    • Decay: A tooth rotten to an extent it can’t be fixed with a crown, filling, or root canal needs to be extracted.
    • Crowd: When your jaw is comparatively smaller to fit your teeth inside. They become overcrowded in an attempt to acquire space inside your mouth. To align them, your dentist might suggest an extraction.
    • Periodontal Diseases: A periodontal disease never stays in your gums but can also stretch out to your gum tissues and bones. This can force your gums to lose the tooth.
    • Infected: This mostly happens with the wisdom teeth. They either become infected or impacted, reluctant to come out, triggering the need for extraction.

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    First Night After Tooth Extraction

    You can experience minor bleeding now and then up to 24 hours after tooth extraction. However, beware not to irritate the blood clot formed on the extraction site while trying to stop the bleeding. You can rinse your mouth with salt water, but avoid spitting it out as you can dislodge the blood clot.

    You must sleep on your side the first night after extraction as lying on your back can increase the swelling. It will be even better if you keep your head elevated with the help of extra pillows. Furthermore, you can restrict nicotine intake, stay hydrated, apply ice, and avoid unnecessary physical movements. Adhere to your dental surgeon’s aftercare guidelines.

    Tooth Extraction Site After 3 Days

    The blood clot has completely developed on your extraction site three days after tooth extraction. You can now swish your mouth with saline rinses to eliminate bacteria. Resume your brushing routine, avoiding the neighboring teeth of the extraction site. Consume easy-to-chew, nutritional foods such as yogurts, soups, puddings, etc. Prevent chewing on foods like nuts, candies, meat, and ice.

    Beyond 3 Days

    Your extraction site should have healed by now, so you can return to your routine. Contact your healthcare provider in case you experience intense pain, excessive swelling, absence of blood clot (dry socket), High fever, vomiting, and any unusual secretions from the wound.

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    Wrapping Up

    Recovery processes vary with each patient, but you should be well-prepared and clear about the do’s and don’ts of the healing process after extractions. For emergencies or dental care, consult our expert team at ACE Dental. Dial (833) 777-7223 to book an appointment.

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