Tooth Extraction FAQs

WHAT IS TOOTH EXTRACTION?

A tooth extraction is when a patient needs a tooth removed. Tooth extraction can be performed for many reasons, but the most common is when a tooth has become irreparable or unrestorable through tooth decay or dental trauma. Teeth extraction especially occurs when the aforementioned scenarios are accompanied by toothaches.

HOW MUCH TIME IS NEEDED TO RECOVER FROM A TOOTH EXTRACTION?

Every person recovers from a tooth extraction differently, but it is standard to have a recovery time of seven to ten days. It is important to do whatever you can to maintain the blood clot in place at the site of the tooth extraction to avoid dry socket, which can be painful.

DO AND DON'TS AFTER TOOTH EXTRACTION?

Do:

  • Maintain the bleeding
  • Take pain medication as directed
  • Brush your teeth gently
  • Eat a soft diet and drink plenty of liquids
  • Keep the extraction site clean through swishing with salt water

Don’t:

  • Drink with a straw, as this could dislodge your blood clot and cause dry socket
  • Consume alcohol
  • Smoke
  • Drink hot liquids

HOW CAN YOU MAKE YOUR TOOTH EXTRACTION HEAL FASTER?

Every person heals at their own pace, but by protecting the blood clot, managing your pain and swelling, and keeping the extraction site clean, you will not damage your extraction site and therefore make your healing time any longer.