I got my tooth pulled yesterday afternoon at an emergency dentist and the hole is still bleeding. Should it still be bleeding or is something wrong? Do I need to try to stop it? – M.L.
M.L. – Bleeding at the tooth extraction site is normal for the first day or two. You may have some fluid oozing from the site also. Keep a small piece of gauze on the site, which will absorb the blood and apply pressure to help stop the bleeding. You can also gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water. The bleeding will eventually stop on its own.
During the first 48 hours, limit your activity. Also avoid drinking through a straw, because it can cause the blood clot to dislodge.
If the bleeding increases, or if it continues after 48 hours, call your dentist.
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