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Stopping post-tooth extraction bleeding

Some amount of bleeding may occur for some time after your tooth has been extracted.

In most cases this bleeding can be effectively controlled and ultimately stopped.

- Controlling bleeding with gauze

Place a piece of clean moist gauze over the empty tooth socket and then bite it firmly for 45 minutes to an hour, because applying pressure over an extended period is the key.

Make sure that the gauze is positioned so when you bite down it applies pressure directly onto the extraction site. (If you bite down and your teeth come together fully, you may not be placing much pressure on the gauze.)

Don't keep changing the gauze, and don't chew on it. Just put it in and then clamp down on it for 45 minutes to an hour.

If the bleeding seems to persist, a slightly moistened tea bag can be more effective than gauze.

- Controlling bleeding with a tea bag (black tea)

One of the components of tea is tannic acid. Tannic acid helps with the formation of blood clots and making this method a very effective technique. (Same instructions as above, just substitute the tea bag for the gauze.)

Repeat as needed.

If some bleeding is still present after the completion of a 45 minute application, then repeat these instructions. After each application with gauze or a tea bag, the amount of bleeding that remains should be noticeably less.

If heavy bleeding still persists, you must contact your dentist.

Insuring that an adequate blood clot forms, and stays, in the tooth socket

Remember, events that occur during this first-24-hours time frame will affect the healing process for days to come.

It's thought that the development of "dry sockets" is related to the loss of blood clots.

An important part of the healing process is forming of the blood clot, so be very careful not to do anything that will dislodge it.

Blood-clot DON'Ts - it can dislodge the blood clot from its socket

  • you should avoid vigorous rinsing or spitting during the first 24 hours after your tooth extraction, as a way of protecting the blood clot,

  • hot liquids tend to dissolve blood clots, stay away from soup or coffee,

  • avoid creating air pressure variations in your mouth,

  • avoid creating pressure differences between your mouth and your sinuses (especially important in the case of an upper tooth extraction)

  • avoid smoking or using a straw, because these activities create suction,

  • don't blow your nose and if you need to sneeze, sneeze with your mouth open

  • if you play a 'wind' musical instrument, ask your dentist when it will be ok to play again

Minimize activities that can make it harder to control bleeding

During the first 24 hours after your tooth extraction, you'll want to avoid any activities that might make it difficult to control the bleeding from your extraction site, or interfere with blood clot formation and retention.

This means that you should avoid strenuous exercise and work and also avoid bending over or lifting heavy objects.

A very smart choice is to just take it easy during the first 24 hours after tooth extraction. When you sleep or lie down, position yourself so that your head is above the level of your heart (you can prop your head up with an extra pillow).

This type of positioning will lower the blood pressure level at your head end, which is a favorable thing when you control the bleeding.

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