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how long does it take to heal after tooth extraction

A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr.
49 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
In stages: Beginning healing in about 1 week. Next stage healing in about 2-3 weeks. Complete healing can take up to 3-6 months.

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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
No exact answer: First, no presence of medical conditions, if any were mentioned. Secondly, no mention of infection, which tooth, easy or difficult extraction, etc. Ba ... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Grimm
24 years experience Dentistry
Not long: Generally, extraction sites are healed within 7-10 days. It may be slightly longer as you get older, but not much...Assuming there are no complicatin ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
Wound healing: With the understanding that each case is different from both a dental and medical standpoint here are some basic guidelines. Gums will heal over in ab ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Cufone
31 years experience Dentistry
Depends: It really depends upon how intrusive the surgery is. If the teeth are fully formed and infected, recovery can be prolonged. In general, most people ar ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Kirschner
8 years experience Dentistry
Depends: No set time period. However, if pain is present go back to the dentist at once. If you feel you are not healing well or fast enough then go back. Wh ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Reubel
40 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
1 month: It takes approx. A month for the tissue to heal over the opening in the mouth and months longer for complete bone fill.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
10 years experience Dentistry
2-6 weeks, varies : Following a tooth extraction you can should generally feel a gradual improvement in your symptoms over the first 2 weeks. If you feel like the pain is ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Albert E. Klitzke
8 years experience Dentistry
1 day to weeks: The recoverytime will depend on how 1. How many teeth wer removed? 2. Were they extracted easily or was a dental handpiece used to remove bone aroun ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Zhiqiang Huang
12 years experience Dentistry
Depends: People have different healing ability. General health status and difficulty level of extraction affect the healing speed. Averagely, your gum in ext ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kiyan Mehdizadeh
8 years experience Dentistry
14-21 days: It takes months for the empty socket left behind in the extraction site to fully heal into new bone. However, as far as what you can see in the mouth, ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rishi Kumar
7 years experience Anesthesiology
Days to weeks: Symptoms of pain and fullness in the affected region usually subside in a few days with appropriate pain medications, but the actual healing of the gu ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Herskovits
39 years experience Dentistry
6-8 weeks: 6-8 weeks in most cases, do not smoke, no alcohol, no spicy foods, do not drink with a straw.
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
35 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Wisdom tooth: Penicillin, or any antibiotic, for that matter, can't "heal" a wisdom tooth. If the wisdom tooth is infected, it should most likely be removed, and th ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. SCOTT HARWOOD
44 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Depends: Depends on multiple factors but typically 3-7 days.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
35 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Extraction socket: It depends on which tooth and which jaw, but tooth extractions sockets should completely heal and close by at least six weeks. If you're concerned, go ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sami Latif
36 years experience Dentistry
Healing: Bone graft done as a socket preservations after an extraction is toatly different than when you add bone to expend the ridge for example, the average ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
Discuss with surgeon: It depends upon many factors, such as your age, medical conditions and health, exactly what surgery is contemplated, etc. Your own surgeon would be t ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. SCOTT HARWOOD
44 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Depends: Depends on the difficulty of the impaction, whether it was infected, and the type of patient being treated. Generally speaking 3-7 days.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. David May
Dr. David May answered
29 years experience Dentistry
2 to 4 weeks: The holes in your gums should be closed in 2 to 4 weeks. By 4 to 6 weeks you should not really notice those spots much. It will take months and mont ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Cracked tooth ?: Cracked teeth do not heal themselves. Please see a local dentist to determine what treatment this tooth needs to correct any problem it may have.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Beck
10 years experience Dentistry
About two weeks: Wisdom tooth extraction is usually not as complicated as you might think. If the wisdom teeth are already erupted (meaning you can see them in your mo ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Wilkoff
38 years experience Dentistry
No way to predict: Teeth are exquisitely sensitive sensory organs and when traumatized or injured can cause sensitivity for weeks or years! every situation is different ... Read More
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