The following general guidelines will help promote healing, prevent complications, and make you more comfortable during the healing period following the removal of teeth.
The extraction site will be most uncomfortable for the first three days. During the fourth day, the discomfort begins to lessen. After about 7 – 10 days, most patients report feeling minimal to no discomfort.
A blood clot (scab-like covering) will develop in place of the missing tooth and is extremely important to the healing process. A poorly formed clot (or total loss of the clot itself) increases the risk of unmanageable pain, infection, and/or uncontrolled bleeding. Your maintenance of the extraction site determines how well a clot will form!
Severe pain that is not controlled or pain that seems to be getting worse after 3 days