Top 5 Ways To Stop Bleeding After A Tooth Extraction
It is normal to bleed for a few hours after a tooth extraction, but sometimes our bodies are unable to form a proper blood clot, and we start to bleed excessively. The bleeding won’t stop, and we don’t know what we can do to fix the problem. First and foremost, the number one option is to always visit your dentist so he can take a look at the extraction site to see if any further steps are necessary to get the bleeding to stop.
But a lot of times, our dentist is not available, and we want to find a way to solve the problem ourselves. Below are the Top 5 ways to stop bleeding after a tooth extraction.
- Bite down on a wet Green Tea bag for one hour: This may sound strange, but some tea bags contain a compound called tannic acid. Tannic acid is a phytochemical found in some teas, and it acts as a vasoconstrictor. This means it helps constrict your blood vessels local to the area that it is applied. Wet the green tea bag with warm water and bite down on it for one hour. Continue to change your tea bags after that until the bleeding has completely stopped. It is very important to understand that not all teabags contain Tannic Acid, so it very important to check the ingredients prior to using them.
- Bite down on gauze for one hour: This may seem obvious, but a lot of patients do not bite down with sufficient pressure to get the bleeding to stop. Make sure the amount of gauze you place in your mouth is enough to push down on the removal site. High pressure is usually the number one way to get bleeding to completely stop during a procedure. Change our your gauze every thirty minutes until the bleeding completely stops.
- Aminocaproic Acid (Amicar): Many people who are reading this are probably wondering what this is. Amicar is an FDA approved medication used for bleeding disorders. Without getting too technical, it contains compounds that inhibit your own bodies enzymes from breaking down blood clots. This is a medication that is underutilized on the dental community, but it does wonders in stopping bleeding after tooth extractions. It comes in elixir (liquid) form. It should be applied to gauze and placed in the area of the tooth extraction for a period of thirty minutes. Unfortunately, Amicar can only be prescribed, but if you are in a serious emergency, and your dentist is not available, most local emergency rooms actually contain this medication. If you head to the emergency room, and the ED Physician is unaware of how to stop your bleeding, ask him if he can prescribe you Amicar in liquid form. Again, apply it to gauze and bite down for thirty minutes. Continue doing this until the bleeding comes to a complete halt.
- Avoid strenuous activity: This is a common cause of excessive bleeding after a tooth extraction. Do not lift heavy weights, or strain yourself for 72 hours after your procedure. There are so many patients that go lift weights, go back to work and lift heavy objects, or do strenuous household activities right after their extraction treatment. This is one of the major causes of bleeding after a tooth extraction.
- Do not use a straw or spit after your tooth extraction procedure: Smoothies are a fantastic meal choice after a tooth extraction, but make sure you do not drink them through a straw! Excessive forces inside the mouth that can create suction forces should be avoided at all costs. This includes sucking, spitting, smoking, and the use of a straw for a minimum of 72 hours. Not only can these activities cause excessive bleeding, the may also contribute into form a dry socket, which is a very painful condition cause by a dislodging of the extraction sites blood clot.
Excessive bleeding after a tooth extraction can be quite common. Use these steps to get the bleeding to stop, and always remember to visit your dentist as soon as possible so he or she can examine the area, and evaluate if any further steps need to be taken to get the bleeding to stop.