Why Bleeding Won’t Stop After Wisdom Teeth are Removed?

Immediately after a wisdom teeth removal surgery undoubtedly there will be pain and constant bleeding for the next 12 hours. This is perfectly normal. In order to control the bleeding your dentist would have left a gauze pack in the area of extraction and instruct you to gently bite on it after the extraction surgery.

If you wondered why the bleeding won’t stop after wisdom teeth removed:

  • It may be due to an accidental tear or cut in the underlying vein or artery.
  • In case suction instruments are used during the tooth removal surgery bleeding may be induced. Though blood clots will be formed in a while excessive wiping of the wound can aggravate the bleeding.
  • And also patients suffering from high blood pressure levels tend to bleed more during teeth removal surgeries. This is why your dentist will mandatorily check your blood pressure levels before proceeding with removal process.
  • Though the operated area may continue to bleed constantly, it may appear as if lots of blood is lost in the process. Don’t freak out. It’s actually a little bit of blood that combines with lots of saliva that is spilling out.

Post surgery care to control bleeding:

  • The patient is advised to bite on the gauze for about 30 minutes immediately after the surgery. The gauze when completely soiled with blood should be replaced with a new one.

But remember to moisten the gauze before placing it in the operated area. Moistening is done to prevent the blood from coagulating in the cotton gauze and also so that the blood clot formed is not interrupted upon removing the soiled gauze.

  • Avoid rinsing the mouth immediately after the surgery as rinsing can dislodge the blood clot in the operated area. After 12 hours you may consider gentle rinsing with warm salt water about thrice a day. This will not only avoid build up of bacteria but will help to hasten the healing process.
  • The night immediately after the surgery one should avoid sleeping flat and instead keep the head on a raised pillow, this will considerably help to reduce the bleeding. Within the next 12 hours the bleeding should stop on its own.
  • If the bleeding persists beyond 24 hours of the operation, you should immediately get in touch with the dentist who operated you.
  • When you get back home from the surgery if you don’t have a spare gauze you may consider keeping a moistened tea bag. Fold the tea bag and keep it on the operated area just enough to cover the excavated area.
  • If you’re a habitual smoker, smoking immediately after the surgery will not only aggravate the bleeding but delay the healing process. Hence it is advised not to smoke for at least 48 hours post operation. Moreover smoking can dislodge the blood clot giving rise to a dry socket.
  • The patient is advised to rest well and avoid any kind of rigorous physical activity which can shot up the blood pressure levels.

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