Blood clots

Is it normal to have giant Blood clots after having your wisdom teeth removed?

Blood clots after the dental extraction is uncommon. But, it is a well-identified post-operative compilation of dental surgery. 

What are the Blood clots after tooth extraction?

Blood clots after tooth extraction is the beginning of the healing process for a body. However, all wounds clot but tooth extraction blood clots are a bit different. However, blood clots are made of platelets and white and red blood cells. In addition, these types of clots not only indicate the healing process but it also protects the gum from bacteria. 

Therefore, Blood clots will begin to clot on the first day after the tooth extraction. As soon as the bleeding stops the cloot begins to start. Moreover, the blood clot exists till the gum tissue closes completely around the wound. 

What happens if Blood clots comes out after the tooth is removed?

“Dry sockets” is a dental condition that takes place when the nerves and bone are exposed after the tooth extraction. As a result, if blood clots come out you may feel pain due to dry sockets. In addition, when clots become deposed prematurely, your gums may look swollen. Similarly, food becomes stuck into the extraction site and also causes pain that radiates into the face. Hence, these open sockets may not heal properly if left untreated. 

How to manage bleeding after tooth extraction?

  • Your dentist will apply a manual pressure on gauze to help arrest the bleeding. Because, a clot does not take until the bleeding stops.
  • Once the bleeding stops, it’s time to form the clot. So, try to avoid any action that creates a sucking sensation in the mouth.
  • Don’t smoke for 7 days
  • Do not use a straw
  • Stop brushing for 72 hours.
  • Don’t chew at the area of extraction
  • Do not spit.
  • After the procedure, the patient is advised to not chew on the gauze for 30 minutes. Also, the patient should minimize talking for 2-3 hours after the extraction.
  • Pain and swelling are normal so try to treat swelling by applying ice pack for 20 minutes.

Steps to be taken if bleeding persists

  • Avoid vigorous rinsing of the mouth. It can depose the clot formed at the site of extraction.
  • Place a piece of gauze at the extraction area for 30 minutes to stop the bleeding. Gently bite on the gauze pack with a standard pressure. 
  • Also you can use a tea bag as it contains tannic acid which will reduce bleeding.

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