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

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Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
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Dr. David Schleimer
An erupted molar removal in the absence of bone fusion or cystic or similar problems is NOT a big deal for an oral surgeon. I have no idea what is meant by half the size of a dollar bill, let alone a coin. Speak with someone with the 4 extra years of training for a minimally invasive tooth removal and post operative care whether sutures are needed or not. They are specialists called oral surgeons. Dietary restrictions depend upon the surgery and care and guidance will be given based on the severity of the procedure. A 5 day rule for liquids for a simple molar removal is arbitrary...
Dr. Ronald Achong
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: Depends

Assuming you have no health issues, do not smoke and follow the recommended instructions of your doctor, it can be a few days.
However, sometimes, the procedure can be more involved and an infection can be present. If so, the recovery period can be 1 week or more. Also, the skill level of the doctor will be a factor. Good luck!

In brief: Depends

Assuming you have no health issues, do not smoke and follow the recommended instructions of your doctor, it can be a few days.
However, sometimes, the procedure can be more involved and an infection can be present. If so, the recovery period can be 1 week or more. Also, the skill level of the doctor will be a factor. Good luck!
Dr. Ronald Achong
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In brief: Depends!

Everyone is different - depends on why the tooth has to come out and maybe on the skill of the dentist.
Also on how well you take care of it after the surgery. And on your general health or medications you may be taking. Good question to ask the dentist who you are considering taking the tooth out.

In brief: Depends!

Everyone is different - depends on why the tooth has to come out and maybe on the skill of the dentist.
Also on how well you take care of it after the surgery. And on your general health or medications you may be taking. Good question to ask the dentist who you are considering taking the tooth out.
Dr. Stephen Carstensen
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