Hearing the news that you need to have a tooth removed can feel overwhelming. You may have concerns about the procedure and wonder if it hurts. You may also wonder about the recovery process and how long that takes. Will you miss time from work? Will you be in pain?
The good news is that today, with modern dental advances, tooth extraction is very straightforward, especially when you're working with a highly experienced dentist like Dr. David King. At King Dental, our team is also here to support you through the entire process of your tooth extraction, which means we'll be here if you have questions or concerns during your recovery.
Types of Tooth Extraction
Your recovery time will depend greatly on which type of tooth extraction you're having, which tooth we're removing, and your level of compliance in following after-care instructions.
Simple tooth extraction is removing a tooth that is already erupted. The recovery time for this extraction is typically shorter, requiring about 48 to 72 hours to rest and relax before you return to normal activities. It usually takes three to four weeks for the extraction site to fully heal after a simple tooth extraction.
A surgical tooth extraction involves removing an impacted tooth or one that is stuck beneath the gumline. This surgery is more involved, and patients may need to limit physical activity for a week or so afterward.
Dr. King will discuss with you if you should take time off of work following your surgery based on how physical your job is.
Tips for a Smooth Recovery
Here are some do's and don'ts to keep in mind after tooth extraction:
- Use a cold compress to reduce swelling
- Use pain medication as needed and as directed
- Limit physical activity to allow clotting, which protects the extraction site
- Smoke or use tobacco products, which increase your chances of developing an infection
- Drink from a straw, which could remove the blood clot protecting your extraction site
- Brush or floss the extraction site for the first couple of days
If you have concerns like excessive bleeding or swelling after your tooth extraction, don't hesitate to contact your dentist in Huntsville, AL at (256) 880-1884 right away.