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How Long Does The Wisdom Tooth Extraction L Hole Take To Close?

Posted: Apr, 15, 2024

You may be staring down that empty socket in your mouth after tooth extraction and wondering, "How long does it take the hole to close after tooth extraction?" The answer depends on various factors like complexity of surgery or tooth location, etc. 

When Does The Hole Close?

The process of the hole recovering or closing after a surgical tooth extraction can take up to 7 weeks. However, the exact time varies from one case to another. 

Simple Extraction

Simple extractions are set for those teeth who have already erupted from the gumline and can be pulled immediately. The empty socket after simple tooth extraction needs around a week to close up. Teeth with deeper roots embedded take longer to heal. You can expect the gum to close the extraction hole in around 20-25 days. Full recovery of the extraction site requires several months.

Surgical Tooth Extraction

Surgical removal may be needed in cases where the issues are: 

  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • impacted wisdom tooth 
  • Canines that had less space to erupt fully.

This tooth removal procedure involves making incisions in tissues across the gum line. After this type of extraction, this wound takes around 6 weeks to close up. There's a possible dent that you'll feel for a few months. 

Factors That Affect The Healing Time 

1. Type and Size of the Tooth: The complexity of your extraction, such as whether it is a simple one or a surgical extraction, can impact healing time. Other than that, larger teeth, like molars, may require a more invasive approach and take longer to heal. 

2. Location of the Tooth: The position of the tooth in the mouth also influences healing time. Teeth that face less irritants may heal faster.

3. Complexity of the Procedure: More complex extractions, such as impacted wisdom teeth removal, take longer to heal due to the more disturbance of surrounding tissue during the procedure.

4. Your Age: Age affects a lot when it comes to healing power. Younger patients heal faster from tooth extractions compared to older adults. 

5. Aftercare and Compliance: You need to follow post-extraction care instructions meticulously, such as avoiding foods that can cause irritation, using prescribed medications, and maintaining good oral hygiene. All can impact the speed of healing.

6. Overall Health: Systemic factors such as uncontrolled diseases (e.g., diabetes), postmenopausal osteoporosis, and other health conditions can affect the healing process after tooth extraction.

7. Environmental Factors: External factors or habits, such as smoking or tobacco use, can slow down the healing and increase the risk of complications.

Closing Note 

In a nutshell, the factors mentioned above and following proper aftercare instructions are a must to optimize the healing process so that the hole closes fast after tooth extraction. You can contact our specialist, Dr. Ram Nallapaneni, DDS, from the University of Illinois, Chicago, a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), at Riverside Family Dental for help and treatments we have to offer you. Give us a call at (586) 468-0983 to schedule an appointment.

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Dr. Nallapaneni

Dr. Nallapaneni, a Clinton Township dentist, prioritizes skilled, compassionate care. With a DDS from the University of Illinois at Chicago, he's committed to ongoing education, staying updated with advancements in dentistry for personalized patient treatment. He is actively involved with the Macomb Dental Society, Michigan Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and American Dental Association.

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