What Should You Expect After Tooth Extraction?

The Christiana Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery P.A. – Newark & Middletown DE

After tooth extraction, its important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. Thats why we ask you to bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times.

After the blood clot forms, it is important not to disturb or dislodge the clot as it aids healing. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. These activities will dislodge or dissolve the clot and retard the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours as this will increase blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.

After the tooth is extracted you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain medications as prescribed. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.

Use the pain medication as directed. Call the office if the medication doesn’t seem to be working. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Drink lots of fluid and eat nutritious soft food on the day of the extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable.

It is important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. This should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day. This will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.

After a few days you will feel fine and can resume your normal activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately.

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Christiana Hospital Location Phone Number 302-292-1600
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The Christiana Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery P.A.

5 out of 5 stars based on 339 Extraction reviews.

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Very very nice people

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Patient Review By Jesus R

Friendly staff and exceptional customer service !

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Patient Review By Ernesto F

Muy buena atención

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Patient Review By Michael H

Very friendly.

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Patient Review By Doreen P

The doctor and the staff really listened to me concerning my dental issues. They helped me overcome my fear of the procedure. i would recommend this practice to others.

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Patient Review By Sinelia P

Everyone was helpful and kind to us

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Patient Review By Dottie A

From the time I entered office and was taken back by the staff guy can’t remember his name he was brown guy I guess he was assistant to dr very professional and treated me with care. Same financial lady I think her name was Leslie. My surgery next Monday.

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Patient Review By Thomas D

From making the appointment to having my tooth pulled, everything was done in a friendly and professional manner. Was under the impression from my dentist that I required surgery. Once Dr. D'Amico saw my tooth (broken most rear wisdom tooth), he said he could pull it that day and all would be good. Once everything was set up, I was out of there in 15 minutes. Staff was very friendly and accommodating, especially since I am temporarily partially handicapped. Before sending me home, they made sure I was comfortable and well informed on how to care for myself. Very Happy!

- Thomas D

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Patient Review By Stacey F

I am absolutely terrified of the dentist but coming here was amazing they were so nice and made sure I was ok and comfortable

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Patient Review By Carole P

I was in a lot of pain due to an abscess tooth. My dentist got me an emergency appointment with this office. They got me right in and extracted my tooth. Staff and doctor were excellent.

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Patient Review By Pamella T

Very pleasant office workers and dental assistants! I have a dentist phobia and they did all they could to help calm my nerves. The doctor had an awesome bedside manner!

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Patient Review By Yvonne

Awesome place to have a extractions done.

- Yvonne

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Patient Review By Decon M

The staff and doctor make sure your taken care of everyone was so pleasant and kind if you need dental work this is the place to go.

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Patient Review By hugo n

on time, friendly, comfortable, efficient and skilled.

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Patient Review By Jeanine W

Dr. D'Amico and his staff were great (Keith and Leslie). The procedure wasn't what I expected and mid-way through I decided I would need general anesthesia to complete the procedure. Dr. D'Amico and his assistant were very understanding with my apprehension to continue and were more than willing to change my treatment plan to accommodate my comfort level.

- Jeanine W

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Patient Review By Amal J

Staff and doctor are very professional, friendly. I strongly recommend anyone to schedule an appointment with them

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Patient Review By Madonna W

All I can say is Wow!!!!!!!! In for an exam, major infection tooth bad! Pulled on the spot after wonderfully attended to by an ultra caring crew. My gum was numbed quickly, adequately, with ease my humongous tooth extracted. Graft material was put in and within moments after given careful instructions, I’m heading out the door. I am so very impressed with Dr Michael D’amico!!!!!!! His crew was awesome too!!!! I have never seen such care, team work and efficiency!!!! Kudos and Thank you so very much!!!!!! I would highly recommend your practice. I will tell the world!!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!!

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Patient Review By Lori D

I was able to get an emergency appointment within hours of calling. The staff was professional, but fun, which helped ease my stress. Everyone seemed to work well together as a team. I would definitely recommend Dr. D'Amico.

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Patient Review By Yvonne M

Dr. D’Aminco and Jackie and Diane and Leslie were so professional and kept me comfortable “They Are The Best”

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Patient Review By Eric S

Good service

- Eric S

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