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 304 Extraction reviews.

Patient Review By Carol L

Excellent experience

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Patient Review By Anthony M

Thanks so much great service and so fast with scheduling appt - we came from downstate and couldn’t get appts locally for 2 to 4 months- highly worth the drive !

- Anthony M

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Patient Review By Roy C

Needed an emergency extraction after suffering all weekend with a excruciating toothache. Was able to get a same-day appointment. Staff was very understanding of my situation and the doctor was able to relieve my suffering. Efficient process with a down-to-earth staff. Would recommend to anyone!

- Roy C

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Patient Review By Malcolm W

Excellent attention and service….. !

- Malcolm W

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Patient Review By Michael K

Very quick and virtually painless procedure. Doctor and office personnel were very friendly and competent.

- Michael K

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Patient Review By Harry P

My tooth cracked Sunday night. I was so lucky that my dentist(on Vacation) recommended this place. I got a last minute appointment and a painless extraction of my badly damaged tooth. Everyone there was the best.

- Harry P

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Patient Review By Myron S

great treatment from start to finish

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Patient Review By Dave A

Good place to get dental care.

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Patient Review By Leweldon W

Everyone was so pleasant and helpful

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Patient Review By Lisa B

We had a great experience with Dr. D’Amico and staff.

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Patient Review By Gerard M

Friendly, professional staff including Oral Surgeons.

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Patient Review By Jenna P

I enjoyed my experience at the office thoroughly! Dr. Kosa, Julien, and all the nurses taking care of me in my surgery were wonderful and were very friendly. I would highly recommend them to everyone needing dental work. (:

- Jenna P

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Patient Review By Jorge Q

The doctor and his team were absolutely professional and awesome

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Patient Review By Lisa L

I was pleased

- Lisa L

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Patient Review By Joanne B

Dr. Kids and his dental assistant were absolutely wonderful. Explained everything as procedure went along. Very smooth extraction. Very pleasurable experience and I would recommend to anyone needing dental surgical procedures.

- Joanne B

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Patient Review By Gerard M

Friendly, professional staff.

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Patient Review By Theresa C

The staff and doctors are fantastic. It was a pleasant experience and definitely would recommend

- Theresa C

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Patient Review By Tonya R

Dr. Fadi was very thorough and my expectations were met. The staff were very courteous and friendly which made my visit relaxing.

- Tonya R

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Patient Review By Edith H

My dr n his staff are the best I will always recommend families n friends to this office because they are the best thanks to my dr n his staff for saving my life my tooth was killing me n my DR did a great job I did not feel any pain when he worked on me ,I'm home n pain free thank GODN thank my DR n hiss staff

- Edith H

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Patient Review By Florence M

I had never had a tooth pulled in my 60 years of life! I could not have been more fortunate than to have had such a fantastic team!

- Florence M

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