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

A tooth extraction in Fort Collins, CO, doesn't have to feel overwhelming or stressful, especially if you know how to take care of yourself afterward. Most people can return to their normal daily activities two to three days after having a tooth removed; however, it does take a couple of weeks for your jaw to heal completely. 

Here are some tips for having a successful and smooth recovery from tooth extraction.

#1 Stick To Soft Foods at First

For the first few days after surgery, it's best to consume soft foods at room temperature. Scorching foods or beverages could aggravate your surgical site. Here are some ideas:

  • Soup
  • Applesauce
  • Oatmeal
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Yogurt

#2 Take Pain Medication as Needed

You may want to take your prescribed medication for the first few days to manage your pain. After that, most patients use over-the-counter medication for discomfort.

#3 Avoid Smoking

The blood clot in your extraction site is critical for helping you heal properly. Actions like smoking cigarettes or drinking through a straw can dislodge the blood clot and prolong your healing process.

Your team at Centre Family Dentistry is here to help you through a tooth extraction in Fort Collins from start to finish. Call us at (970) 407-1001 if you have any questions or concerns about your tooth extraction or recovery.

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