Why Is My Tooth Still Bleeding After An Extraction?

 

tooth bleeding houston tx | tooth extraction Royal Dental USAIs your mouth bleeding? Seeing blood in your mouth can be alarming and scary, and sometimes that alarm is well founded. In other situations, however, a little bit of bleeding is normal. Here’s what you should know.

When is bleeding a problem?

Bleeding is a problem if it occurs when you brush or floss your teeth under normal circumstances. If you see blood when you floss or brush your teeth, it could be a sign of gingivitis or periodontal disease. Contact your dentist for a checkup.

When is bleeding normal?

While bleeding during brushing and flossing is abnormal, bleeding after a tooth extraction is normal and nothing to worry about. There will probably be some blood for a few days after your tooth extraction. Remember that blood mixes with saliva in your mouth, so it often looks much worse than it really is.

How can I help my mouth heal after a tooth extraction?

If your mouth does start bleeding after a tooth extraction, use a clean piece of material or gauze to put pressure on the bleeding area. Keep the pressure there for about 15 minutes. If bleeding is very severe, or continues for a long time contact your dentist.

 

Follow these other tips to help your mouth heal after a tooth extraction:

  • Follow all the instructions given by your dentist. Sometimes this will include taking some pain medications.
  • Do not rinse your mouth out for about 24 hours, or as instructed by your dentist. Your mouth begins to heal itself naturally and forms a blood clot in the area where the tooth was extracted. If you rinse your mouth out too soon, you could set back the healing process.
  • Apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth to help reduce swelling and manage pain.
  • Keep your head elevated when you lie down.
  • Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol.
  • Be gentle, but don’t stop brushing or flossing your teeth while your mouth heals.

 

To learn more about what to expect from a tooth extraction, and for more advice about taking care of your mouth, visit Royal Dental.

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