The Week Before Your Surgery

  • Avoid ASPIRIN. Aspirin prolongs bleeding. It is advised that you discontinue Aspirin products one week prior to surgery until 3 days after surgery.
  • Avoid excessive sweets; they interfere with healing and fighting infection.
  • Try to eat a nutritiously as possible.
  • You will be on a soft diet for approximately 2 weeks after surgery. Have an assortment of soft foods available.
  • Call the office a few days before surgery to check on prescriptions. We want to make sure  they have been called in to your Pharmacy before you go to pick them up.

If you are unable to make your Surgery Appointment you Must contact us 72 hours in advance, to avoid a cancellation fee.

The day of your surgery

  • You may not have anything to eat or drink for eight (8) hours prior to the appointment. Sips of water to take medications or to moisten the mouth and lips are fine.
  • No smoking at least 12 hours before surgery. Ideally, cut down or stop smoking as soon as possible prior to the day of surgery.
  • A responsible adult must accompany the patient to the office and drive the patient home.
  • The patient should not drive a vehicle or operate any machinery for the remainder of the day following the anesthesia experience.
  • Please wear loose fitting clothing with sleeves which can be rolled up past the elbow, and low-heeled shoes.
  • Contact lenses, jewelry, and dentures must be removed at the time of surgery.
  • Do not wear lipstick, excessive makeup, or nail polish on the day of surgery.
  • If you have an illness such as a cold, sore throat, stomach or bowel upset, please notify the office.
  • If you take routine oral medications, please check with Dr. Morarasu prior to your surgical date for instructions. We suggest taking all your normal medications as prescribed UNLESS your physician and/or Dr. Morarasu advises otherwise. Simply call us if any questions arise.



After tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. That’s why we ask you to bite on a gauze pad for 60 minutes after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 60 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 at (707)468-8080