The extraction of a tooth requires oral surgery and it comes with a 10-day recovery period. The key to a fast recovery from a tooth extraction is keeping the blood clot that develops in its socket as the area heals. The blood clot becoming dislodged leads to a painful condition known as dry socket.
There are two main types of tooth extractions — simple and surgical. The former does not require any incisions being made, while the latter does.
Doing the right things during the recovery period following oral surgery can help to speed things up. Here are some simple things patients can do:
It is normal to experience some pain, soreness, and discomfort after a tooth has been extracted. Patients might also experience some facial swelling around the area. Dentists usually provide patients with prescription painkillers to manage the pain. Patients are advised to take these painkillers as recommended.
The pain should begin to go away after a few days. Visit a dentist if the pain persists for more than three days or if it intensifies. This might be a sign of dry sockets or an infection.
For most patients, the healing period lasts somewhere between one to two weeks. Once that period has passed, the patient will be able to return to their regular diet. As the site heals, new gum and bone tissue will grow over the extraction site. It should be noted that extracting a tooth can lead to teeth alignment issues if the tooth is not replaced as teeth naturally move towards any gaps in a person's smile in an attempt to close it up.
Most dentists will opt to replace the extracted tooth with a prosthetic like a dental implant. Wisdom teeth do not need to be replaced with a prosthetic when extracted since they are not necessary.
At times, tooth extraction might be the best way to deal with your dental issue. You can speed up the recovery process by following the tips listed above and getting lots of rest. Call or visit our Alexandria clinic to schedule an appointment today.