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Postop Bleeding And How To Stop It

The few days after an oral surgery are crucial in more than just one way. First of all, you will have to get plenty of rest and relaxation for the first 24 hours, and afterwards there are some instructions you will have to follow. This might mean giving up on smoking and some of your favorite foods as well, and may require you to slightly change your lifestyle as well, at least for 72 hours, or three days. 

But sometimes, even with following all of the post operative instructions, problems can arise. One common problem is when the bleeding just will not stop. 

When Is It A Problem                     

Bleeding can be expected, it is a part of oral surgery and tooth extractions, it is a quiet natural and healthy reaction from your body, as a matter of fact. The problem is when it does not stop after 24 hours. After 24 hours, the bleeding should have become noticeably less even if it has not stopped. If ti has not stopped in 72 hours, then you have a problem, you may have undiagnosed haemophilia, or something may have been nicked or hurt that will not heal. Only a surgeon will  be able to help in these cases.

What To Do 

But often enough the bleeding will subside, but not completely. In these cases, there are several things you can do. 

One is to rinse the area with warm water, gently. This will frequently dislodge something that is making it bleed, and is frequently enough. However, if the bleeding does not stop, or intensifies, you can take some tissue paper, ball it up and bite down, not too hard, but firmly for a few minutes. After repeating this for a few minutes, you should be done bleeding. Another good trick that can help you with bleeding is to bite down on a most used tea bag. Tannic acid, although usually only good for ruining  perfectly good cuppa, is actually good at quelling bleeding after an oral surgery. So just moisten a used tea bag, press it to the wound and bite down for a couple of minutes. The bleeding should stop almost instantaneously. 

What Causes It

Blood is usually something that makes people worry a lot, but really, it is just the mechanism your body uses to get the nutrients, cells and proteins that it needs to maintain itself around. It is basically a vehicle, and it can even be a good sign. What causes bleeding is usually an unhealed wound, as this leaves capillaries open. Oozing and even pus can be a normal part of healing, and is nothing to worry about. It is excessive amounts of any of your fluids that should be a sign of there being a problem. There could be something stuck in the wound, the tissue can be damaged or dead, there may have been a botch in the surgery. If the bleeding does not stop after 72 hours and  doing the above mentioned, getting in touch with a dentist will become pertinent.  

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