Your recovery schedule will vary depending on the type of surgery you are having, your physical health, and your age. Hopefully, any bleeding will stop within the first 24 hours and you'll feel better after the effects of the sedation have worn off. Complete healing can take up to two weeks. The dentist will open the gums to access the teeth.
Extraction isn't a painful process, but you may feel pain and discomfort after the procedure. These symptoms should go away within 2 to 5 days, but it's essential to follow all post-extraction care instructions provided by your dentist. In the case of a simple extraction (which consists of removing a tooth that has already come out of the mouth), the recovery process is usually very brief. Usually, your oral surgeon will ask you to take at least 48 to 72 hours to relax afterwards so that the treatment area is allowed to clot.
After that, the patient should be able to return to normal physical activity. Usually, the soft tissue will heal completely in about 3 to 4 weeks. In the case of a simple tooth extraction, the pain can last between one and three days. Particularly sensitive patients may feel persistent pain or tenderness in the area for a longer time, possibly up to a week.
If bleeding continues for more than 24 hours or is so severe that the gauze needs to be changed more often, call your dentist or oral surgeon. Your surgeon may tell you not to brush or use mouthwash, as your mouth may be too sensitive for regular oral hygiene. Some oral surgeries, specifically those that focus on bone structure (such as bone grafts and apicectomy), may require a longer period of overall healing. Now that you've passed oral surgery, you'll want to take care of your mouth to ensure a quick and easy recovery.
The most important thing you can do to ensure that you recover quickly from oral surgery is to follow the surgeon's or dentist's instructions. If you have an upcoming oral surgery, you may feel anxious about all the unknowns involved, including questions about the recovery process. This should be discussed beforehand by the patient and their oral surgeon so that the patient can coordinate it with their employer if necessary. While the healing process takes a little longer, the recovery period after oral surgery is relatively quick.