It is common to experience swelling, bleeding and discomfort after dental extractions, however, if you are experiencing the following conditions you should contact your dentist immediately:
- Difficulty breathing
- Profound bleeding
If you are unable to contact the dentist, please contact the emergency department at your local hospital.
Some bleeding is healthy, this includes blood in the saliva when spitting and dried blood stains on the pillow. This normally ceases within two to three days. Patients on blood thinners, however, may take a more extended period of time before recovery.
If the bleeding hasn’t stopped, do not panic. This is normal. But it can be managed. You have been provided with a packet of sterile gauze. With clean hands, place the sterile gauze on the site of the wound and apply pressure as you bite down. If you have run out of sterile gauze, a moist tea bag is also practical.
The swelling typically reaches its maximum after two to three days. You can minimise the swelling by applying pressure and a cold pack to the affected area of the face up to 48 hours after the procedure. Apply the cold pack for 10 minutes and off for 10 minutes and repeat.
After several days when the bleeding has stopped, you may apply a heat pack for 20 minutes and off for 10 minutes. This will accelerate the healing process and reduce the swelling. Only use a heat pack that is comfortable to touch. Excessively hot heat packs may result in burns. Do not use a heat pack if the wound is still bleeding as this may increase the severity of the bleeding.
Avoid taking aspirin unless prescribed by your doctor. Only use paracetamol if you do not suffer from paracetamol allergy. If ineffective, please contact us during our operating hours for advice.
After 24 hours (48 hours for patients on blood thinners), mix a teaspoon of salt to a small glass of warm water and use as a mouth rinse. Be very gentle when swooshing the mouth rinse to avoid aggravating the blood clot. This accelerates the healing process and provides some pain relief.