Your recovery time will depend on whether you had a simple extraction or a surgical extraction to remove an impacted tooth. It will also depend on some of your health factors and whether you smoke. Tobacco use can inhibit healing after a dental surgery and is not recommended. It may be a great time to quit!
What to Expect After an Extraction
You can expect some swelling and discomfort for about 24 to 48 hours following a simple extraction, and full healing will take one to two weeks. For a surgical extraction, your period of swelling and discomfort may last for about three days, and full healing can take about three to four weeks.
Following our hygiene and aftercare instructions will help healing go more smoothly as will taking your medication as prescribed.
We will provide you with medication and advice to make you more comfortable and reduce swelling. Follow our after-care instructions to encourage faster healing and prevent complications.
Contact Our Lafayette Office
We can give you more specific information regarding healing time for your unique case once we perform a full evaluation of the teeth you need extracted. Drs. Smith and Domingue are also experts at implant placement and can provide tooth replacement options that will meet your specific lifestyle needs.