What Does Tooth Extraction Site After 3 Days Look Like?

As soon as it is time to get your tooth pulled out for the first time, the worry regarding healing and recovery seeps in. You start spiraling, thinking if the swelling is normal, or is your gum supposed to be this red or not. Well, let’s put an end to your misery and learn about the healing stages post-surgery and how your extraction site should look after 3 days.

What is Tooth Extraction?

Tooth extraction involves removing a tooth from its socket and takes about 20 to 40 minutes in total. However, if there are multiple dental extractions involved, the process may move up to an hour.

After extraction, you may not be able to tell if your extraction site is healing properly. As the effect of anesthesia wears off, you can expect mild bleeding, pain, swelling, soreness and bruises. All of these side effects are known to occur during the early recovery phase.

 Healing After Tooth Extraction

A healthy extraction site after the tooth is taken out should look deep red, and white gelatinous tissues forming. As soon as the 24-48 hour mark post extraction is hit, you should see a developing blood clot on the extraction site. Avoid using a straw or brushing the extraction site at this stage. Let your tooth extraction site heal for about 3 to 4 weeks.

The First 24 Hours

During the first 24 hours of tooth extraction, expect swelling, bleeding, and mild discomfort. As soon as your tooth is taken out, the blood will start to clot forming a mesh in the site where the tooth was. This is necessary to stop the bleeding. Once, 24 hours pass, the swelling begins to subside.

1-2 Days Post-Extraction

Your body majorly heals in the first 2 days after the procedure. During this time, following post-op instructions meticulously is a must along with plenty of rest. You may still have soreness at the site of extraction with bleeding. However, once the clot forms and strongly stabilizes, it will start to transform into granulation tissue.

What Should Your Tooth Extraction Site Look Like After 3 Days?

Your tooth extraction site after 3 days should have the gum tissue around the socket closed up, marking the beginning of healing. You can expect mild swelling but no more bleeding. This change indicates normal healing after the tooth extraction.

Closing Note

All in all, healing after tooth extraction takes place in several stages, each presenting with its unique characteristics, challenges and changes. When the tooth extraction site completes 3 days, expect the swelling to be minimal, with no signs of bleeding. Expect a full recovery within a few weeks with proper care.

If you have more questions or queries, get in touch with our oral care expert at Nimmi Shine Dental. Dial (858) 999-8550 for help. Our team is just a call away to guide you through the recovery process so you can return to your normal life as quickly as possible.

Dr. Joseph Mara

Dr. Joseph Mara

For more than 19 years, Dr. Joseph Mara has been a leading dentist in San Diego, providing affordable, gentle, and honest dental care. Driven by a commitment to patient’s trust and satisfaction, he undergoes continuous education and specialized training in oral implantology and endodontics. At his practice – Nimmi Shine Dental, convenience and comfort are paramount. Utilizing advanced technology such as the Vatech PaX-i3D Scanner and Computer Guided Implant Surgery, the clinic emphasizes efficiency and overall patient well-being. Call us today at (858) 999-8550 to schedule a consultation with our expert dentist.


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