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

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Dr. Smilovites recommends that you rest for 12 to 24 hours after a tooth extraction. The body is still recovering from the procedure while the anesthetic wears off. You will be able to remove the gauze from your mouth a few hours after the tooth extraction is complete, but certain activities including smoking, vigorous brushing and rinsing, and drinking liquids through straws are discouraged for the next 48 hours because they hinder healing and may cause the wound to open. If any swelling occurs, a cold compress can be applied to the outside cheek near the extraction area. more
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