By the age of 65, most of us will have lost all our teeth. Even if you’re still young and have your original teeth, you likely know someone who has undergone tooth extraction surgery.
No matter your situation, you’ll likely go through post-extraction bleeding at some point in your life.
Tooth extraction bleeding occurs when there is extra bleeding in the tooth extraction area. Because of the trauma of the extraction, it’s normal for some bleeding to occur.
However, significant post tooth extraction bleeding can be a sign that you need medical intervention. Here are some tips on how to use pressure and medicine to manage post tooth extraction bleeding.
1. Rinse Gently with Salt Water
To stop bleeding after a tooth extraction, it’s important to follow your surgical instructions. Rinse your mouth with salt water and apply a gauze pad to the extraction site. Apply pressure to the bleeding site for 10-15 minutes. If bleeding continues, repeat the saltwater rinse and gauze pad application.
2. Use a Cold Compress
One effective way to do this is to use a cold compress. Apply the compress to the area for at least 20 minutes. Repeat as necessary. You can also try biting on a gauze pad for about 20 minutes. If the bleeding persists, contact your dentist.
3. Avoid Strenuous Activity
it is best to avoid strenuous activity for at least 24 hours. This will help to prevent excessive bleeding. You should also avoid drinking alcohol or smoking, this includes anything that can raise your heart rate or blood pressure, as this can promote bleeding.
4. Avoid Smoking or Using a Straw
Avoid smoking or using a straw. These can irritate the extraction site and cause bleeding. This is because sucking on a straw can cause the surgical site to bleed. Also, smoking can delay healing and increase the risk of infection. If you are a smoker, it is best to quit at least a week before surgery.
5. Keep the Area Clean
It is important to keep the area clean. This means gently brushing the teeth and gum line with a soft toothbrush. Avoiding hard and crunchy foods will also help to keep the area clean and provide comfort. Taking over-the-counter pain medications and applying ice to the area can also help to reduce swelling and pain.
You May Call the Dentist After a Tooth Extraction Bleeding
When you have a tooth extracted, it is normal to experience tooth extraction bleeding. If the bleeding does not stop within a reasonable amount of time, or if it starts up again after the gauze is removed, you should call your dentist. They may instruct you to bite on a damp gauze or tea bag for additional pressure, or they may need to see you for a follow-up appointment.
Finally, if you are concerned about the amount of bleeding, or if you have any other questions or concerns, be sure to call your dentist.
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