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TUESDAY 25TH OF FEBRUARY 2020

HOW TO STOP BLEEDING AFTER DENTAL SURGERY

Dental implants, tooth extraction, or any other form of dental surgery can be painful. There are times when it can get bloody—wisdom tooth extraction, especially.

Removal of an impacted or infected tooth, periodontal surgery, or dental implants are serious surgical procedures, and post-operative care is essential. Risk of infections and unnecessary pain, as well as abnormal or excessive bleeding, need to be addressed to ensure that these issues do not cause bigger problems down the line. If you are concerned about any of these effects, you can consult a dentist in Fulham for an examination and recommendation of the best course of action.

Bleeding is a normal effect of dental surgery—normally, you will experience that within the next 24–48 hours after the procedure. There could be a small cut in your gum, which resulted in bleeding. Keep in mind though that oral bleeding is simply a little blood and a lot of salivas. If you see blood oozing out of your mouth, do not fret because there are some home remedies you can do to control or stop oral bleeding.

How to Stop Oral Bleeding After a Dental Surgery

Following your surgery, there are some things you need to do to minimise the effects of the procedure:

  • Skip the gym or any other form of exercise within the next 24-48 hours


Moving a lot, lifting heavy weights, or running immediately after the surgery can increase the possibility of oral bleeding. Wait for a few days until the wounds or the surgical site have healed before you engage in extreme physical activities. If you need a longer time for recovery, do so. Do not force yourself; otherwise, you will suffer.

  • Apply a wet gauze compress to the gums


Aside from pain medications, your dentist will normally provide you with gauze packs that you can apply to the surgical site when bleeding occurs. Dampen the gauze pad with water and fold or roll it up to a square. Apply it to the affected area and apply pressure by biting down on the gauze for a good 45 to 60 minutes. This should significantly slow down or stop the bleeding.

  • Rinse with saltwater


Keeping your mouth clean after the surgery is important to ensure that no infection will occur and bleeding will be minimised. Rinsing with lukewarm water with some salt can offer a lot of relief. We advise this after about 6 hours post treatment so that the blood clot has been established. Rinsing too soon after surgery can lead to bleeding.

  • Watch what you drink and eat


Keep in mind that dental surgery is serious and the surgical site is quite fragile after the operation. Various food items and drinks can have negative effects following surgery. Avoid using straws for a few days when drinking as this can dislodge the blood clot. Make sure that your wounds have healed completely before using one.

If you are a smoker, do not smoke for a few days as well. Not only does it affect your overall health, but it also affects your oral cavity condition, especially after dental surgery. It can cause you a lot of discomforts and could impact the affected area, resulting in the blood clot to be shifted and causing immense pain all over your gums.

Pain, swelling, and bleeding are all normal side effects of dental surgery. Normally, they would last for 24-48 hours, but if they are still severe after that period, you need to call your dentist. For one of the best-rated dentist in London, contact Progressive Dentistry today! We’re happy to help.

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