June 11, 2021
While dentists do their best to preserve their patients’ teeth, there are occasions when pulling a tooth is the best option. This leaves a gap that can encourage the other teeth to shift, but it can be offset with the placement of dental implants. How long do you have to wait to get dental implants after tooth extraction? The answer is coming up!
What Should You Expect After a Tooth Extraction
Here’s what you can typically expect to occur after having a tooth pulled:
You may notice swelling around your mouth, cheeks, eyes and sides of your face. The inflammation is usually first noticed the day following the surgery and will not reach its peak until the second or third day. To reduce the swelling, apply an ice pack to the side of your face where the surgery was performed in 20-minute increments. Follow this routine for the first 24 to 36 hours after surgery.
In addition to inflammation, you can expect to experience some mild discomfort. Both can be managed with an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen (Advil, Aleve or Motrin). In some instances, the dentist will prescribe pain medication, which could leave you feeling groggy and lethargic. In that situation, you should abstain from driving a vehicle or operating machinery while medicated.
What is the Healing Timetable?
As long as you follow a soft-food diet for the first 4 to 7 days after your surgery and practice careful dental hygiene, you have a good chance of recovering within a two-week span. The condition of your overall health and the complexity of your extraction will also play a role.
When Can a Dental Implant be Placed?
There are three basic options for dental implantation. Here is an explanation of each one:
- Immediate Placement – Can occur if you have healthy tissue and sufficient bone structure, and is more commonly used when there has been trauma or an injury
- Early Placement – Occurs around two to three months after your tooth extraction, allowing time for the gums and supporting tissue to heal
- Delayed Placement – Occurs several months after your surgery, and is required in cases of prolonged decay and that may involve a bone grafting procedure
Every Situation is Unique
While there are basic guidelines for healing after a tooth extraction and receiving a dental implant, each patient is different. Therefore, the dentist will carefully assess your oral and overall health to determine what are the best options and when it is appropriate to move forward with tooth replacement.
To get more details, pay your local dentist a visit so that you can get on the road to completely healing and experiencing a normal life.
About the Author
Dr. Shiloh Lindsey earned her dental degree from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center School of Dentistry. For the past two decades, she has provided caring and competent care for patients of all ages. A lifelong learner, Dr. Lindsey commits herself to ongoing education, receiving several hours of advanced postgraduate training each year. She performs tooth extractions and dental implantation at Aspen Dental Care, and she can be reached for more information or to schedule a visit through her website.
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