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What to Do When Bleeding Happens After Oral Surgery

Posted on 1/10/2019 by Scott Redlinger
What to Do When Bleeding Happens After Oral SurgeryIf you've had oral surgery, you may experience a little bit of bleeding during recovery. That's normal, and it's nothing to get concerned about unless it lasts for several days or is extreme. If you notice a bit of bleeding around the surgery site, there are a few things you can do to stop it that won't hurt.

Put Wet Gauze on it
Take a small piece of gauze and run it under water to get it damp. Then roll or fold it up and place it on the area. You may need to gently bite down to hold it in place. You can also use a small piece of paper towel. Hold it in place for 45 minutes to an hour to slow or stop the bleeding.

Keep Your Head Elevated
By keeping your head elevated higher than your heart, you'll blood pressure and slow down the bleeding. Just put a pillow or two under your head while you're resting.

Take Your Time and Rest
Activity can cause more bleeding and make you heal slower. Take your time and rest after you've had any type of oral surgery. You may be tempted to get up and do things while you're off work, but you need to rest.

Watch What You Eat and Drink
Some foods are somewhat abrasive and may irritate your mouth, so try to avoid those. Also, while it might seem like the right thing to do, don't drink through a straw. Doing so can actually direct more water pressure towards the surgical area and cause the clotted blood to get knocked away. Hot drinks can also cause the blood clot to dissolve, so do your best to avoid coffee and hot soups.

Need more tips for handling bleeding? Have what seems like excessive bleeding? Call us for help!

Scott M. Redlinger, DMD, MD

(775) 430-5355