Tooth extraction can be a daunting and awful task for many individuals. For some, it is just like removing a cherry from the top of the cake. For some patients, it can be an agonizing moment. The recovery also depends upon the type of extraction done.
After analyzing the condition & chances of infection getting spread (if any), Dentists provide OTC medications. Once it is treated with it, again, the dentist will check and suggest the precautions. Patients also sometimes ask to get teeth removal for permanent relief.
So, in this way a tooth removal happens. Many dentists suggest an emergency tooth extraction to stop the widespread infection or problem with other teeth. It can be a painful or less painful process depending on the complexity of the treatment.
How Does Recovery Happen? What Is the Estimated Time?
People heal at different rates, so how fast one person heals may differ from what you experience. Recovery will also be based on the type of wound. Some teeth extractions are simple, taking very little time because the teeth are showing above the gum line.
Other wisdom teeth will require more complex surgery, such as an impacted tooth, which is completely encased in bone. Naturally, when this type of surgery is necessary, healing time is going to be considerably longer.
Teeth Extraction Recovery Time
With many tooth extraction processes, the pain from the extraction will last for two or three days. The anesthesia you are given for the surgery will wear off in about four hours. You will be given a prescription for pain medicine from the oral surgeon. After a couple of days, all you will need is over-the-counter medications.
Your gums (if affected) will heal within two weeks. They usually heal faster than most other tissues. If the surgery involves removing any bone, it could take three months or more for your jawbone to heal completely.
When you get home from the surgery, you should plan on resting for the remainder of the day and not overexert yourself. This can cause problems that are both painful and will slow the healing process. You may be able to go to work the next day, but avoid strenuous activities for about a week.
What Is A Dry Socket? When Does It Happen?
Although it is relatively rare, you might develop what is called a Dry Socket (if the newly formed clot is dislodged). If this happens, it exposes the bone under the tooth and the nerve. This can make it sensitive to anything that touches it – even cold air. It can be excruciating. If the clot is dislodged, you will need to go back to the dentist to apply a medicated dressing on it and for pain medication. A dry socket can take up to a month to heal, but it may heal within a week.
To prevent dry sockets, you will need to eat liquid or soft foods that are not hot for a couple of days. You also need to avoid acidic foods which would dissolve the clot. Foods with seeds or that are hard (chips and other snack foods) may get into the socket and cause an infection.
You will probably have some swelling, and it will peak between 48 to 72 hours later, and then it will start to subside. You can apply an ice pack on your face or cheek where it is swelling. To prevent damage to your skin, alternate the ice pack between 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off.
Why Do Teeth Need to Be Removed?
Many people do not ever need their teeth removed. For some people, though, emergency teeth extraction becomes necessary for several reasons, which may include:
- They are hard to keep clean – It is challenging to keep them clean with a toothbrush and almost impossible to floss adequately.
- They can develop cavities – If they are visible above the gum line, cavities may develop.
- They can get gum disease – If food gets trapped under the gums, bacteria can enter around the tooth and cause gum disease.
- They can become infected – An abscess could develop in the tooth.
- They can damage neighboring teeth – Because wisdom teeth often come in crooked or even sideways, they can damage and crowd other teeth.
- They can develop a cyst – A cyst can develop near the tooth, destroying the tooth roots of other teeth and the bone.
What Is The Suitable Time to Remove Teeth?
As you get older, the roots of your teeth grow longer. A nerve runs under your teeth (lingual nerve), and when you get 35, the roots of your teeth run close to that nerve. This makes it more complicated for an oral surgeon to perform the surgery safely because there is a greater risk of damaging or even severing the nerve. The best time to have teeth examined and removed if needed is before you are 25 to 30s.