Are you feeling excruciating pain in your teeth and you’re thinking of scheduling a dental appointment to check what’s wrong? Scared the dentist would have to remove your teeth? Don’t worry, you might not actually need a tooth extraction but in case you do, in this post, you will learn what to expect and how long it takes to recover from a tooth extraction.

At Guelph Royal Centre, we believe that dental care comes along with comfort and we offer it at every opportunity we can.

Why Would You Need a Tooth Extraction?

  • Irreparable Cavity Damage

If cavities have spoilt your tooth beyond repair, you would need a tooth extraction to pull it out before the damage spreads.

  • Extreme Tooth Breakage

If your tooth gets broken beyond a stage where it can be repaired, you would need a tooth extraction.

  • Advanced Gum Disease

In cases of advanced gum disease, the socket becomes loosened and can no longer support the tooth. In this case, an extraction becomes necessary to improve oral health.

  • Orthodontic Treatment

In the case where dental bridges or implants need to be put in and there’s no space, tooth extraction may be necessary.

Types Of Tooth Extraction

  • Simple Tooth Extraction

This involves the removal of a tooth that has already erupted into the mouth. The teeth are easily accessible and removed without incisions.

  • Surgical Extraction 

This involves the removal of a tooth that requires an incision into the connective tissue before removal can be possible. It requires oral surgery.

How Long Does It Take To Recover From a Tooth Extraction?

Recovery time for tooth extractions differ from patient to patient and depends on a few other factors such as:

  • Size and Location of Extracted Tooth
  • Patient’s Dental Health
  • Compliance with After Care Instructions

For a Simple Tooth Extraction

The recovery period is brief and the soft tissue completely heals within 3 to 4 weeks. Although, relaxation would be advised for about 2 to 3 days to allow blood clotting in the treatment area.

For a Surgical Extraction

The recovery process is a little longer although the same 48 to 72 hours rest time is advised. It is also advised for physical activity to be limited for about a week. Then based on the nature of your nature, your dentist recommends an amount of time that you would need to take off work to ensure complete recovery.

Tips For Recovery

  • For a few days after the extraction, avoid chewing, brushing or flossing near the site of treatment.
  • For the first 24 hours after the extraction, avoid rinsing the mouth or spitting to aid the formation of blood clots.
  • Avoid smoking immediately after tooth extraction as it increases the likelihood of infections.
  • Physical activity should be limited after extractions to avoid dislodging the clot.
  • Avoid bleeding by elevating the head while sleeping for a few days after the extraction.
  • Diligently apply cold compresses and use prescribed medication for swelling or pain.

At Guelph Royal Centre, our expert care dentists provide you with all the information you need about your procedure beforehand and ensure that you’re comfortable.

We know how much your health means to you and we want to make it better. Let us help you decide if you need a tooth extraction or not and the right way to go about it.

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