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How to stop bleeding from a tooth extraction--more salt water?

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Dr. Herman Liem
Dentistry 37 years experience
Light presure: Your dentist should have given you post-operative instructions. Usually a pack of gauze is given and instruction given on how to use them. If you ran out of the gauze, you can use a tea bag. Wet the bag and bite on that with light pressure over the extraction site. Bleeding should stop in a few minutes. Call the dentist office for more instruction.
Dr. David Padula
Dentistry 34 years experience
Pressure: Usually the need to put pressure on area with guaze biting is helpful. There are occasions when a blood vessel is involved and possible surgical intervention is necessary.

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Is there a shot to stop the bleeding after a tooth extraction.

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Easier way: Applying pressure by biting down on a moist tea bag usually helps. If not, call your dr. A gauze packing in the socket, and perhaps a vaso constrictive agent, will stop the bleeding!
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A 29-year-old female asked:

When should I rinse with salt water after a tooth extraction?

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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Rinsing after ext: No rinsing for the first 24 hours. Then you can gently rinse with salt water after eating. You should have been supplied with written and/or oral instructions. If not request them. Follow those instructions.

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