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How long does it take to recover from a tooth extraction?

Most patients can return to their normal activities a few days after removing a tooth, although it takes a couple of weeks for your mouth and jaw to heal completely.

You can take a few steps at home to ensure you have a smooth recovery from your tooth extraction in Greeley, CO.

#1 Eat Only Soft, Room Temperature Foods at First

For the first couple of days after your surgery, it's best to stick to foods that aren't too hot or cold, so you don't irritate your extraction site. Here are some suggestions:

  • Applesauce
  • Soup
  • Yogurt
  • Oatmeal
  • Scrambled eggs

#2 Avoid Dislodging Your Blood Clot

Your blood clot is critical to your successful healing process, and if it comes out, it can result in a painful condition called dry socket.

You can help it remain in place by avoiding actions like smoking cigarettes or drinking through a straw.

It's also good to be very careful and gentle when brushing near your surgical site.

#3 Keep On Top of Pain Management

You can use your prescribed medication to manage pain for the first few days. However, most patients are successful with over-the-counter medicines after that.

If you have questions or concerns about your tooth extraction procedure or recovery instructions, contact your team at Norco Family Dental at (970) 356-5277.

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