How Long Does It Take to Heal After a Tooth Extraction?

Our Durham Dental Solutions dental team always fights to preserve natural teeth. Unfortunately,  tooth extraction is sometimes necessary if a tooth is too badly damaged to restore, for example, if it is severely infected, is damaged due to trauma, is missing a large portion of its structure, or has split vertically through its root.

Straightforward tooth extraction in Ajax is a relatively quick process that can be completed using a local anesthetic. Afterwards, the empty socket generally takes a week to ten days to heal. When we remove a tooth, we always provide plenty of instructions on aftercare to help ensure that healing is smooth and as comfortable as possible.

What to Expect After Tooth Extraction?

Once the anesthetic wears off, you may have some mild discomfort, but over-the-counter painkillers should control it. You will need to take care of the extraction site, cleaning around it carefully and avoiding any hard, crunchy foods or anything with seeds that could become stuck in the surgery site. A warm salt water rinse can soothe the empty socket, help it heal more quickly and help prevent infections.

It is rare to experience complications after tooth removal in Oshawa, but sometimes dry socket can occur. This is where the blood clot that forms in the socket is dislodged, leaving the socket vulnerable to infection, so the surgery site becomes more painful a few days afterwards instead of healing normally. It is not a huge problem, but you would need to have the socket professionally cleaned so it can begin to heal again.

Replacing Teeth After an Extraction

When you lose any permanent tooth other than a wisdom tooth, replacing it is important, ideally sooner rather than later. Possible options include dental bridges and partial and full dentures. Dental implants in Courtice are a popular solution for tooth loss, and if you are considering this treatment, we can prepare the socket for a dental implant when removing the failing tooth. We also take considerable care when removing teeth to minimize damage to the surrounding bone, extracting the tooth as carefully and gently as possible.

Tooth Socket Preservation

A socket preservation technique involves filling the empty tooth socket with bone grafting material immediately after removing the tooth. Placing a bone graft in Pickering helps to restore any missing bone volume, ensuring that adjacent teeth will not move into the space and that there is plenty of healthy bone to support a dental implant.

Immediate Dental Implant Placement

Traditionally, an empty tooth socket is left to heal for several months after tooth removal in Bowmanville. Thanks to newer and better dental implant techniques, it is sometimes possible to place a dental implant on the same day as removing a failing tooth.

Placing the dental implant on the same day means only one surgical procedure is needed, and the implant can start healing immediately. It will still need several months to become fully integrated with the surrounding bone (osseointegration), but the overall treatment time will be quicker, so your smile will be restored that much faster.

Once the new dental implant is in place, a temporary restoration can be fitted to use while your new implant heals. The temporary restoration is replaced with your new implant tooth in Brooklin once osseointegration is finished and the implant is firmly fused in your jawbone.

If you are facing tooth loss in Newcastle, we can assess your dental and medical health to see if dental implants are the best way forward, and if so, provide a  suitable treatment plan detailing the costs and predicted time needed to complete it.

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