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.
The Christiana Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery P.A.
Patient Review By Tralando E
- Tralando E
Patient Review By Peggy M
- Peggy M
Patient Review By Jim B
I appreciated that they were able to complete the extraction at the time of my consultation visit, saving me the time of having to come back and the continued discomfort caused by the cracked tooth.
- Jim B
Patient Review By Mark M
Everyone has treated me very professionally and kindly. Dr. Mike is fantastic. Enjoy your Holiday Season!
- Mark M
Patient Review By Mollie H
This was a great visit! Everyone was friendly, communication throughout the procedure was clear, and it was so quick and painless!!
- Mollie H
Patient Review By Fran R
Great office, everyone was so nice and put me at ease.
- Fran R
Patient Review By Sarah F
My overall experience was excellent. I went in for a tooth extraction and Dr. Kosa and his assistant explained everything and had my tooth out in less then 15 minutes.
- Sarah F
Patient Review By Stephanie B
I was nervous but honestly I felt really nothing and it was fast. Thank you for easing my concerns and ensuring I felt nothing.
- Stephanie B
Patient Review By Mary C
Very friendly and professional
- Mary C
Patient Review By Kathryn R
Best experience at a dentist. This is from someone who had bad experiences as a child. You guys are the best!
- Kathryn R
Patient Review By David C
Everyone was amazing!! Professional but more importantly they care about the patients experience!!!
- David C
Patient Review By Flordeliz T
Dr. Michael D'mico has a wonderful bedside manor. He was fast and efficient with the extraction. Staff was warm and friendly.
- Flordeliz T
Patient Review By Albert E
- Albert E
Patient Review By Alan F
Very friendly and professional staff. Took care of my issue same day when I thought it was only going to be a consultation. Took care to make sure there was no pain and that I was set up perfectly for after care
- Alan F
Patient Review By Aladar C
Please keep up the very good work and thx for your Help.
- Aladar C
Patient Review By Gayle K
Very efficient. Doctor explained everything before and during procedure. Everyone was professional and courteous.
- Gayle K
Patient Review By Pamela H
Everyone was friendly and nice. I love coming to this office when I have to. You all are the best!!! Thank you!
- Pamela H
Patient Review By virginia h
easiest extraction I've ever experienced
- virginia h
Patient Review By Carol F
I had a tooth that went bad and my appointments was for October and it will start to hurt me real bad and you guys fit me in to remove it and did an awesome job
- Carol F
Patient Review By William D
Very professional experience
- William D