Robinson Township Smiles

The Tooth Extraction Healing Timeline – Explained!

July 26, 2021
Posted By: Ryan Rupert

If you are having a tooth extracted in Robinson Township, you may be wondering what to expect after your surgery is complete. How long does it take to recover, and what will happen as the extraction site begins to heal itself after your surgery? 


To answer those questions, Robinson Township Smiles will take you through a quick overview of the entire tooth extraction healing timeline. Read on and learn with us. 


0-24 Hours After Extraction


You’ll begin to feel some pain and discomfort as your numbing and sedation wear off, and you will need to bite down on a gauze pack provided by Dr. Rupert to minimize bleeding and ensure your extraction site clots properly.


After your appointment, you can have your first meal whenever you want. Eat soft and liquid foods like yogurt, pudding, and ice cream. This helps you avoid irritating or damaging the blood clot in the extraction site.


You also should not spit forcefully or use a straw for at least 48 hours after your procedure. This can dislodge the blood clot and cause “dry socket,” which is a complication that slows down healing and can cause a lot of pain. 


You also should not brush the extraction site directly. Brush your other teeth normally, but use prescription mouthwash or a saltwater rinse to clean the extraction site. Let the liquid drip out of your mouth after you rinse. As mentioned, you should not spit forcefully. 


1-3 Days After Extraction


Bleeding will mostly stop after 24 hours, though you may notice pink-tinged saliva for a little longer. Symptoms like pain, swelling, and tenderness near the extraction site will persist, but start to fade within 2-3 days. 


You should continue to eat soft foods, rest, and avoid heavy exercise and exertion. Continue rinsing your mouth and don’t brush the extraction site directly. 


3-7 Days After Extraction


During this time, you can usually begin reintroducing firmer foods into your diet and resume exercise, though we still recommend you take things easy. Your extraction site will heal significantly during this time.


After a week, there should be no bleeding, and symptoms like pain, swelling, and bruising will fade significantly, too. You can usually start brushing the extraction site at this time, though you should still be gentle when doing so. You can resume a mostly normal diet, though you should avoid very hard and crunchy foods for a bit longer to avoid pain and irritation. 


1-2 Weeks After Extraction 


During this period of time, you’ll usually come back to Robinson Township Smiles for a quick follow-up. Dr. Rupert will check on your healing progress, and remove stitches if non-dissolvable stitches were used during your procedure.


After 2 weeks, your extraction site may still be tender, and it will take up to 4 weeks to heal completely. But for all intents and purposes, your recovery will be complete. You can brush normally, eat whatever you want, and get back to your normal day-to-day routine. 


Need A Tooth Extraction? Come To Robinson Township Smiles Right Away! 


At our office, Dr. Rupert offers pain-free extractions for troublesome teeth. And he practices conservative dentistry, which means he will only recommend extractions if they are truly the best option for restoring your smile.


So don’t wait. Contact us online or give us a call at (412) 859-3833 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rupert, and get the expert dental care you need in Robinson Township, North Fayette, Oakdale, or Sewickley.

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