Re: How long to heal after molar extraction?
Well, the healing process truly depends on each person.
You may feel little/to no discomfort afterward, or you may experience a great deal.
However, generally speaking, if you get the tooth pulled, I'd take off work for about 2-3 days after it's extracted.
This will give you time to rest, deal with any pain you might have, and to heal properly (assuming no difficulties arise after the extraction).
At the VERY least, take off the day after you get the tooth pulled.
Also, when you get a tooth pulled, you will have a blood clot that will form in the pocket of where the tooth once was (this is what SHOULD happen). The blood clot is VITAL to the healing process. For a week or two, you need to be careful. Do not drink from a straw, smoke cigarettes, or drink hot fluids. This can cause the blood clot to come out and create what is called a "dry socket" which can be EXCRUCIATINGLY painful. You CAN drink warm fluids, just not hot. If you happen to be a smoker, try to cut down as much as you can. If you smoke a cigarette, take a piece of gauze, cut off a strip, fold it in half, and tuck it up where the tooth was pulled. This will at least be SOME protection for the blood clot, though it still doesn't guarantee that it won't come out.
If you have excessive bleeding after the extraction, put a fresh/dry tea bag on the side of your mouth where the tooth was pulled. It will stop the bleeding. (An actual dentist taught me that trick.)
Using an ice pack on that side of your face will help with pain. After the first day, you can alternate between cold AND warm compresses.
Of course, be sure to follow any instructions your dentist will give you.
I hope all goes well! =)