Here’s What You Need to Know About Healing After a Tooth Extraction
With today’s suite of technologies and treatments, dentists are better equipped in terms of saving teeth. However, there are some instances wherein the better option would be to extract a tooth.
If you are scheduled for this procedure, here are a few things that you need to know about healing after a tooth extraction.
The first 24 hours
During the initial 24 hours after tooth extraction, the bleeding should stop and clotting should have filled the empty socket on your gum. Your discomfort should also subside significantly, although the area around the empty socket may still feel a little tender to the touch.
It is also common for swelling to occur if you had a difficult extraction. This should subside after the first 24 hours.
At this point in time, the platelets in the clot as other cells facilitate the healing process.
If you had a routine extraction, you can go back to your daily activities as long as these are non-strenuous. If you need to engage in strenuous activities, you need to get clearance from your dentist.
On the other hand, if you had a difficult extraction, you will need to limit your activities to prevent complications.
The first two weeks after extraction
During the first two weeks after the extraction, you will notice a high degree of recovery around the extraction site. In fact, wounds in the oral tissue heal faster compared to wounds outside of the body.
If the tooth extracted is an incisor or baby tooth, the extraction site will be close to fully healed within two weeks.
On the other hand, if the tooth that was extracted was large, recovery time will take a little longer.
At this point in time, the clot that initially formed in the extraction area will have been replaced by granulation tissue which is rich in collagen. This tissue will then be replaced by adult stem cells and then by specialized cells.
The extraction area may still feel a little tender but overall, your activities will no longer be restricted.
Third and fourth week after extraction
During this period, soft tissue healing in the extraction site should have taken place. You may still see some indentation in your jawbone. If a large tooth was extracted, this indentation may remain even after a few months.
The mesenchymal cells in the extraction site will begin their transformation into bone cells, especially along the wall of the tooth socket.
You may still feel some tenderness, especially when biting on hard food, but this should not result in significant bleeding.
Although the healing process will continue for months, your dentist will no longer restrict you from performing any activity. Call us to schedule an extraction appointment today!