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What to Know About Recovery After a Tooth Extraction

Dentist checking young man's mouth after tooth extraction and explaining what to know about recovery after a tooth extraction

For most people, going to the dentist is routine—a cleaning, check-up, or perhaps a tiny cavity filled. Then there are the more involved dental procedures like repairing a chipped or cracked tooth, or in the instances where a tooth cannot be saved, a tooth extraction. Often, a tooth extraction procedure is part of a more extensive, more complex dental procedure, such as a fitting for conventional dentures or implants. Having a plan for tooth extraction recovery will ensure that your mouth heals without any risk of infection and that any dentures or other dental prosthetics will fit comfortably.

If you or a loved one are seeking dental prosthetics such as conventional dentures, implant overdentures, or dental implants, Local Start Dental offers tooth extraction as part of the process. Call 919.766.2547 to learn more about our pricing and services.

What Is a Tooth Extraction Procedure?

A tooth extraction procedure is a common dental procedure typically done by your dentist or an oral surgeon. This procedure involves the use of forceps to loosen and remove teeth from their sockets in the jawbone. In some cases, you may be given local anesthesia so that the process is painless; however, general anesthesia may be used for more complex procedures.

What Steps Should One Take After a Tooth Extraction?

After having a tooth extraction, it is essential to provide your mouth with proper care and attention during the recovery process: 

  • Apply an ice pack or cold compress for 10-15 minutes at a time to reduce swelling. 
  • Take all medications as prescribed by your dentist. 
  • Stick to a soft food diet, avoiding hard and crunchy foods that could irritate the extraction site. 
  • Avoid using tobacco products or drinking alcohol for at least 48 hours after the procedure. 
  • Gently rinse your mouth with salt water several times a day in order to keep the wound clean and reduce swelling. 
  • Avoid brushing or flossing near the extraction site until it has healed completely.

Are There Any Risks Associated With Tooth Extraction?

Though tooth extraction is a very common dental procedure, there are still risks associated with it. The most common risk is infection; however, this can be reduced by taking care of your mouth properly during the recovery process. Additionally, there may be some pain or swelling associated with tooth extraction, but this should subside within a few days. 

Tooth Extraction Recovery Time

Tooth extraction recovery time can vary depending on a number of factors, including the following: 

  • The complexity of the extraction procedure
  • The number of teeth extracted 
  • Your overall health and medical history 
  • Whether you follow your dentist’s instructions for aftercare 

Generally, your mouth takes about a week to 10 days to fully heal. You should contact your dentist if you notice any redness or swelling that lasts longer than a few days. 

For More Information on Tooth Extraction Procedures, Contact Local Start Dental

At Local Start Dental, we understand that the process of getting fitted for dentures or other dental prosthetics can be overwhelming. That is why our team of professionals provides personalized care to ensure a smooth process. We are not a general dentist practice; instead, we specialize in dental prosthetics—conventional dentures, implant overdentures, or dental implants.

We offer tooth extraction, when necessary, as part of the procedure for obtaining dentures or dental implants. Our team of caring professionals will provide you with a tooth extraction recovery plan that clearly outlines what you need to know after a tooth extraction.

If you or a loved one need dentures or dental implants, even if you have teeth that must be extracted first, Local Start Dental can help. Call 919.766.2547 or reach out online for more information or to schedule an appointment today.