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I have a big blood clot in my mouth after wisdom teeth removal. what should i do it is not 24hours yet.

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Dr. Franklyn Gergits
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Blood clot: Hello, bleeding following dental surgery is quite common. I would recommend rinsing with cold water. This will remove the clot and the cold temperatures will help to decrease further bleeding. Compression with a gauze will also help. If bleeding persists, phone your dentist.
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Great advice, I agree. Compression first, then if bleeding persist or is profuse, call your dentist/surgeon.
Apr 4, 2014
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Big blood clot: 1. Do not rinse 2. Remove the clot with a dry sterile gauze pad. 3. Moisten a tea bag and apply gentle pressure by biting down for 45 minutes. 4. Repeat as necessary. 5. Keep your head elevated 6. Limit physical activity. If that doesn't work you will have to call your dentist or oral surgeon.

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