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How long does it take for recovery from a molar tooth extraction?

How long does it take for recovery from a molar tooth extraction?

Six weeks: Removing a tooth, especially a molar is a big deal. It leaves a surface wound the size of half a dollar bill, that can become infected if food is present, followed by bacteria. Often it is already infected prior to extraction that can lead to a systemic bacteremia. This is been blamed for plaque deposits in arteries. Follow all instructions, keep hygiene good, liquid diet for five days. ...Read more

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Molar Tooth (Definition)

The permanent molars occupy the most posterior portion of the dental arch. They are the primary grinding teeth in the mouth. Adult humans have twelve molars, in four groups of three at the back of the mouth. The third, rearmost molar in each group is called a wisdom tooth. It is the last tooth to appear, breaking through the gum tissue at about ...Read more


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I was wondering is it okay to ride my bicycle for 40 kilometers 5 days after a single upper molar tooth extraction?

Yes: If you are healing uneventfully and if you are healthy, then by the third day after extraction you should be living life normally. ...Read more

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Does molar tooth extraction require surgery?

Does molar tooth extraction require surgery?

Not always: Molar tooth extraction can be simple with no surgery involved in many cases. Sometimes if a tooth is badly broken, or has had a root canal treatment in past that tooth may not come out easily and will need surgery. Also most unerupted and impacted third molars will need surgery to extract. ...Read more

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I had a left molar tooth extraction 3 days ago and now my tooth right next to it is very sensitive to touch with a toothbrush. Is this normal?

No, but common: While sensitivity is not normal, it is a common occurrence. It may be related to the adjacent tooth temporarily having no gum covering the root surface. As the extraction site heals, the sensitivity usually subsides. It may also be related to local inflammation. If it does not get better, have your dentist take a look to make sure no other treatment is necessary. ...Read more

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I have a salty tasting discharge after upper molar tooth extraction. The extraction was 3 days ago. No pain or fever.

I have a salty tasting discharge after upper molar tooth extraction.  The extraction was 3 days ago.  No pain or fever.

Post op: You should call the dentist who extracted the tooth to have that area re-evaluated to make sure everything is healing properly and there are no other problems with adjacent teeth. This is something that cannot be done over the internet. ...Read more

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I had a upper back molar tooth extraction 5 days ago. Something squishy just fell out of the socket. Is this okay? What should I do? dry socket?

I had a upper back molar tooth extraction 5 days ago. Something squishy just fell out of the socket. Is this okay? What should I do? dry socket?

Something Squishy: Is it possible that some food was in the socket. If you had a "dry socket" you would know it. They are usually very painful. You didn't mention any pain. If you aren't in pain, I would not worry about it at all. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from a bottom molar tooth extraction with a bone graft and stitches?

How long does it take to recover from a bottom molar tooth extraction with a bone graft and stitches?

Define recover: Depends on your definition of recover....If you mean "when can i go back to work?", the answer is the next day--you will be sore, but quite functional. If you mean "when will all pain be gone?", about 2 weeks +/-. "when will it feel like normal again?" after the implant crown is placed! ...Read more

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How any days after a molar tooth extraction with a bone graft and stitches do I have to wait before I can use a straw?

How any days after a molar tooth extraction with a bone graft and stitches do I have to wait before I can use a straw?

About 24 hours: Need to ask the person who did the procedure, as they would have more insight as to nature of and difficulty of your specific situation. But in general, no straws for 24 hours is ok. ...Read more

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Dr. Ravi Chand
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Tooth Extraction (Definition)

Tooth extraction means removing an entire tooth or teeth from the jawbone. ...Read more