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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Newark DE
Christiana Hospital Location Phone Number 302-292-1600
Newark DE
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Middletown DE
Middletown Location Phone Number 302-376-3700
Middletown DE
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Our office hours are Newark Mon-Fri 8:30am-5pm. Middletown Mon-Fri 8:30am-5pm, Sat 9:30am-1pm.


The Christiana Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery P.A.

5 out of 5 stars based on 9 Extraction reviews.

Patient Review By James F

Great experience

- James F

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Patient Review By Greg B

Would surely recommend; already have in fact.

- Greg B

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Patient Review By William L

Overall my service was good. Friendly and explained my care

- William L

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Patient Review By Nirbha Kaur Khalsa

Recently I had two teeth pulled out by Dr. D’Amico. I am someone who went into this experience with a lot of concern and fear. I write this because not only was my care there professional but I truly felt nurtured and in the hands of a very competent caring team. Dr. D’Amico is a gentle man who cares and listens to his patients. If you are looking for someone who truly knows what he is doing and holds you with respect and talks you through every step, he is the doctor I would recommend. Blessings to you, Nirbha Kaur Khalsa

- Nirbha Kaur Khalsa

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Patient Review By Jeanette H

Staff was very friendly and kept me at ease while waiting for extraction. I would definitely recommend this practice to anyone.

- Jeanette H

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Patient Review By Monika wenger

Staff is wonderful very caring made me feel at ease. Dr D'Amico is the best .

- Monika wenger

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Patient Review By Kyomi M

I have referred 3 people here that have came to get teeth removed. The doctor is amazing, caring and does NOT hurt you! After the first visit with a tooth I had removed it was amazing because I wasn't in pain and no pain from the surgery after! He is amazing Doctor!!!

- Kyomi M

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Patient Review By Julia M

DANA RACHEL were great and Dr Gene great

- Julia M

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Patient Review By Lynda R

Holly, Dana, and Dr. Dom were AMAZING! I was in so much pain and they treated me like royalty.

- Lynda R

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