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A 38-year-old female asked about a 38-year-old female:

How long should it take to heal for elderly (88years old) tooth extraction?

5 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Keith Grimm
Dentistry 25 years experience
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 complicating medical conditions.
Dr. Steven Koos
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 21 years experience
Varies: Healing in the elderly can be retarded, but several weeks additional to the "normal" range is not unlikely. Have patient follow up with doc if concerned.
Dr. Daniel Quon
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 42 years experience
Depends: Wound healing is dependent upon not only the physical status of the individual, but the mental status as well. There are alot of 88 year old patients who are extremely healthy, have a better mental state than those many generations younger and heal very quickly. If the patient is a compromised frail 88 year old wound healing and recovery would be longer.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
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. Basically, we have very little information to go on. Finally, what is meant by "healing"? Older individuals do tend to heal more slowly, but everything else being equal, there is no major difference in healing time. A few days to a few weeks?
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Healing: Depends on age, intensity of the dental infection, length of time infection was present, degree of difficulty of the surgery, overall general health, and so many other factors. You will get the best answer to your question from the General Dentist or specialist Oral Surgeon that accomplishes the surgery, that's the person most familiar with the 88 year old's circumstances.

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