Level 6 119 Charlotte St Brisbane QLD 4000
Full-time: 40 weeks
(Including Term Break: 10 weeks)
ABOUT THIS COURSE
What is the Recovery Period or Downtime Like?
Each patient’s downtime and recovery period is determined by the type of procedure performed, as well as the patient’s medical history. For simple extractions, patients have little downtime, averaging 24-48 hours to allow the clot in the socket to do its job in the healing process. For surgical removals, downtime is longer, and may last up to a full week, depending on the type of surgery and tooth removed. Overall, a proper recovery process and following instructions are both required to allow gums to properly heal.
How long does it take for a hole to close after a tooth extraction?
The wound usually closes in about two weeks after a tooth extraction, but it takes three to six months for the bone and soft tissue to be restructured. Such complications as infection or dry socket may prolong the healing process.
How do you get food out of an extraction site?
If food does get into extraction site, flush gently with warm salt water – the blood clot tends to feel like something is stuck so don't try clean it out. If you have an increase in pain, swelling, or any concerns regarding the healing process contact us immediately.
How long does it take for a tooth to be pulled out?
If you're just having one tooth extracted, the entire process can be completed in 20-40 minutes. However, if you're having multiple teeth extracted, expect to spend a little more time in our office. Each additional tooth will take another 3-15 minutes of appointment time, depending on its location.
Can you drive after getting a tooth pulled?
You won't need a sick note from your doctor for this. You can drive immediately after the procedure if local anaesthetic was used, but you should avoid driving for at least 24 hours if a sedative was used, or 48 hours if the procedure was carried out under general anaesthetic.
Can you talk after having a tooth pulled?
Limit talking. The more you talk, the more your tongue and associated muscles move disturbing the clots. Vigorous mouth rinsing or touching the wound area following surgery should be avoided. This may initiate bleeding by causing the blood clot that has formed to become dislodged.
What happens to the blood clot after a tooth extraction?
After tooth extraction, a blood clot usually forms at the site to heal and protect it. With dry socket, that clot either dislodges, dissolves too early, or it never formed in the first place. So, dry socket leaves the bone, tissue, and nerve endings exposed.
What are the first signs of a dry socket?
Severe pain within a few days after having a tooth removed.
Empty space at extraction site due to partial or total loss of the blood clot.
Visible bone within the empty socket.
Pain radiating from the socket to the eye, ear, temple or neck.
Bad breath or unpleasant taste.
How common is dry socket?
The occurrence of dry socket is relatively rare, occurring in about 2% of tooth extractions. However, that percentage rises to at least 20% when it involves the removal of mandibular impacted third molars (lower wisdom teeth).