Tooth extraction healing - How long does it take?
Once your extraction process has been completed, you'll no doubt want to know how long it will take for your tooth's socket to heal.
We also explain on this page how a person's extraction-site healing can affect the timing of their future dental treatment (replacing their missing tooth).
A) The initial 24 hours following your tooth extraction.
What will you notice?
As far as seeing changes, during the first 24 hours after your surgery you really won't be able to visualize all that much in terms of actual extraction-site tissue healing. You should, however, notice that the bleeding from your wound has stopped and the level of discomfort associated with it has started to subside.
You'll probably find that the region immediately adjacent to the tooth's empty socket is tender when touched and feels irregular and different to your tongue.
It's also possible (especially in the case of a relatively involved or difficult extraction) that you'll find some degree of swelling has formed, both in the tissues that surround your extraction site and possibly your face too. If so, this swelling should peak within the next 24 hours and then start to subside.
Restrictions on activities.
Most patients are probably best served by just going on home after their tooth extraction and just taking it easy. This allows you some privacy and adjustment time during that period while your anesthetic is wearing off and bleeding is coming to an end. It also gives you opportunity to get in sync with your dentist's all-important postoperative instructions.
Returning to non-strenuous, routine activities (going to an office job, attending class, shopping) the next day should present no problem. If you have more aggressive or involved activities in mind (including during the next several days) you should clear them with your dentist.