It’s no fun having your tooth pulled. In fact, no one looks forward to it, regardless of experiencing toothache or pain. However, there are scenarios when tooth extraction is inevitable. Even though this may not be your favorite pass time, it’s a fairly common procedure.
However, don’t get it wrong. Our Rifle dentist will do whatever is necessary to save your natural tooth, but if your dental health is at stake and the only option is tooth extraction, then we’d have to remove your teeth.
When this is done, you will need some time before the socket heals. This healing process is crucial since you don’t want to have an infection or a dry socket. With proper dental care and carefully adhering to our oral surgeon’s instructions, you will heal in no time.
However, one of the questions that plague most patients’ minds is how long it will take for the wound to heal.So, let’s delve into what you should expect after extraction has taken place.
In essence, after you have had your tooth pulled, the recovery time will depend on the type of extraction. Typically, there are two main types of extractions that are performed on specific instances, and they are:
Our oral surgeon performs simple teeth extractions when the teeth being removed are visible. In other words, these teeth have erupted and are above the gum line. These teeth can be extracted because of:
A simple extraction can also be performed if you need to undergo orthodontic treatment and you need to make room for the teeth to move into the desired positions.
After the tooth has been extracted, it can take seven days for the socket to close and the wound to heal if the tooth being extracted was small and has a single root. Complete healing can take another week.
However, if the tooth is large and has multiple roots, then you can expect the socket to close after three weeks. But healing will take much longer, usually several months later. During this period, the socket will be closed, but there may be an indentation that you can feel with your tongue or finger.
This is a more extensive procedure as compared to a simple extraction. This means that it will take much longer for you to recover than after undergoing a simple extraction. Surgical extractions are inevitable when:
Surgical extractions are the ideal solution when the tooth is not visible above the gum line. After the extraction, you can expect the socket to be fully closed after six weeks. You will feel an indentation that will eventually fill in after some time. You can expect to heal after several months fully.
Here are some of the recovery tips that will help you manage the wound:
On the other hand, avoid doing the following:
Remember that when a tooth is extracted, it leaves a hole that needs exceptional dental care to heal properly. You can contact our Rifle dentist at Rifle Dental Care if you have any more questions or need to schedule an appointment.