I have bleeding after my extraction. What should I do?
It is normal to have some lite or intermittent bleeding after extraction of a tooth. Here is a list, in order, of steps to remedy:
Heavy Bleeding that will not stop. Call the office or go to the emergency room immediately.
- Limit Activity: the more active you are the increase in heart rate and blood pressure. Sit down, lay back and relax till bleeding stops.
- Pressure: use the gauze that was provided by the office. Fold into a tight square and place directly over the extraction site. Bit firmly and hold still. Resist the urge to check it for 1 hour. Watch TV.
- Black Tea: Take a slightly moistened tea bag and place over site and bite down. Stay still. Wait 1 hour before checking.
These three tips will take care of 99% of bleeding that occur after tooth extraction. If you may need more attention if you medical conditions or take medication that affect bleeding.