How to manage bleeding after extraction?

28 August 2013

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1. Bite firmly on the gauze for at least 30-60 minutes; change the gauze every 30-45 minutes. If the fresh extraction site seems to “ooze blood” slightly, do not panic! This is normal because small amount of blood may mix with saliva for up to 24 hours after the tooth extraction.

2. If excessive bleeding occurs, apply pressure with a gauze to the extraction site and hold for 30 minutes. Alternatively, bite on a moistened tea bag for 30 minutes. The tannic acid in most tea will help to stop and reduce bleeding. If excessive bleeding still occurs continuously even with applied pressure for more than an hour, please contact your dentist for advice.

3. It is better not to brush the gum at the extraction site as you may “brush out” the blood clot; brush the biting surfaces of the teeth gently for 2-4 days. You can also use a cotton bud dipped in an antiseptic mouthwash to clean the site gently.

4. Do not use straw, spit out the saliva/blood, or rinse frequently within the first 24 hours as this action may trigger bleeding and mechanical irritation to the extraction site.

5. Avoid smoking and alcohol as it will delay the healing process.

6. On the first night after the extraction, elevate your head with pillows, if possible, when you sleep.

7. Do not “lick” or “poke” at the extraction site; keep your tongue and finger away.

8. Please return for a review appointment as advised by the dentist.