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Tooth Clot Gauze
Blood clot was removed with the gauze pad after tooth extraction. What to do if I have no gauze pads available?
Tea bags: If the socket is still bleeding, you can moisten a tea bag and use it like gauze. If it is not bleeding, you don't need to do anything. ...Read more
If I have a slow leakage (liver clot) after tooth extraction, (even with an hour of applied gauze) is this a bad thing? Could dry socket occur?
Really?: Sometimes we get what we are looking for. How long ago was the tooth extracted? An hour of gauze with light pressure isn't enough to determine a problem. While a dry socket is possible it is not likely. I suspect you are worrying too much and disturbing the area too much. ...Read more
I stopped using gauze only ten minutes after a wisdoms tooth extraction. Will a blood clot still form? Or will I get dry socket?
Is it possible for the dental surgeon putting medicated gauze pack in wisdom teeth site to prevent a blood clot from forming?
Doubtful: There would be no reason for an oral surgeon to place a dressing in your extraction site to promote more bleeding. If you have a problem following an extraction, call the office that extracted the tooth for further assistance. ...Read more
Post op instructions: Your dentist should have given you specific instructions for your particular procedure, but as a general rule of thumb, after the bleeding stops you can stop biting on the gauze (15 min to 1/2 hour). Reapply for 15 min if bleeding begins again. Give it a few hours before you eat, and call your dentist for further instructions. ...Read more
After having a tooth pulled, how long should you keep gauze in for? When can you have yogurt and fluids?
Typically about 30 : Minutes if there is no bleeding. If the bleeding persists, then place a wad of new gauze and repeat as needed. I'm surprised that the doctor did not give you a post-op instruction sheet outlining the do's and don't's. Once the numbness has worn off you can resume with limited foods and liquids. I would call the doctors office for more instructions. Hope this helps. ...Read more
What to do if I got a tooth pulled on the very back bottom at about 3:30. When can I take the gauze out.?
Stop any bleeding: It's important to get the bleeding under control immediately after any extraction. Maintain your dentists' recommendation while using the gauze until the bleeding has almost completely stopped. ...Read more
I got a tooth pulled on the very back bottom at about 3:30. After how long until I can take the gauze out.?
3 hours: Best is to keep biting firmly on the cotton for 3 hours and holding some ice against the outside of your cheek for those 3 hours. After the 3 hours — no more cotton, no more ice, and do not spit or rinse out. Next, eat all the ice cream you want. ...Read more
Was given a medicated packing/gauze type material made for packing tooth socket, is that meant to stay in there for several days?
The rule of thumb: The gauze packing should be removed and replaced every 24 hours until symptoms subside. If concerned see your surgeon for management. ...Read more
Hello I had a tooth extracted today and I accidentally threw the Gelfoam in the trash when I changed out the gauze. Should I worry and what can I do?
20 to 30 minutes: Just until the bleedding is controlled. Most of the time this will be 20 to 30 minutes. ...Read more
I recommend 20 min: The point is to apply pressure on the wound long enough to stop any bleeding. If the bleeding has stopped, then you can remove the gauze but be ver gentle because you do not want to dislodge the clot. ...Read more
When can I eat after a tooth extraction and do I eat with the gauze in place or not? Also, when do I stop putting in gauze?
A few points: You can eat right after the numbness wears off. Chew on the other side for a few days. Only leave the gauze in for soaking up bleeding. When bleeding either minimal or stopped, gauze no longer needed. Remove gauze while eating. If you have extractions done by an oral surgeon, you will receive a complete list of postop instructions. ...Read more
7 days post tooth extr. No pain but bad smell and if I bite on gauze there is a brownish smelly discharge left behind. Root tip left in too. Normal?
See your dentist: Generally post-operative visits are free. I would see you treating doctor to evaluate the area. Considering a root tip was left it would be best to visit your provider to determine what's causing the issue. ...Read more
Where my tooth was pulled thought there was piece of tooth. Came out and it was spongy, no smell and disintegrated in fingers. More is left. Is it gauze?
Probably bone : Probably bone spicule or calcified areas of the clot. Check with your dentist to evaluate the area and discuss ant issues. ...Read more
I have a little of blood left on my gauze after my tooth extraction can I stop using the gauze now?
Bleeding control: Only if excessive bleeding continues, apply another fresh gauze pad for an additional 30 minutes. Don't use the amount of blood on the gauze as a bleeding guide, because minimal bleeding may persist for up to 24 hours. Good luck! ...Read more
Had 1 wisdom tooth pulled today and it keeps bleeding do I have to keep gauze on it or can I just keep rinsing?
Bite on a gauze: You need to stop rinsing or spitting out the blood. If you keep doing that than your bleeding will never stop. The area of the extraction needs to form a blood cloth so you need to bite on a gauze for a good 30 minutes without disturbing the area. If your bleeding does not stop call your doctor or go to the er. But they would also just make you bite on a gauze so best to do it yourself. ...Read more
Good morning my son had an impacted wisdom tooth removed yesterday, he was given gauze .is it ok to us the gauze on the operated area . ?
is used TEMPORARILY to stop the bleeding at the site of the extraction. Your son shouldn't need it 24 hours after the fact!! If he is still bleeding a call to the Oral Health Professional who did the extraction is indicated!
Hope this is helpful!
Dr Z ...Read more
I know smoking is taboo here but- I had a multiple tooth extraction 5 days ago. Will covering the site with gauze while smoking help protect the area?
Unlikely: The negative, suction pressure from smoking is not ideal for healing. Unfortunately, gauze would not prevent the negative effects of smoking. There is a risk of infection, dry socket, delayed or poor healing of the extraction sites. Good luck and hope you recover quickly. If you would like to quit smoking, some patients have been successful using E cigs. ...Read more
Why do you have to remove gauze before eating or drinking after tooth extraction even if you are bleeding?
Aspiration: There's always a concern about the patient swallowing or aspirating (inhaling) the gauze. Makes perfect sense. ...Read more
I got a wisdom tooth removal today and my stitches are gone when I remove my gauze. It is bleeding. Not THAT bad but still a lot what should I do?
No worry: The stitches usually come out after 4 – 5 days, but it is not uncommon to lose stitches after the first couple of hours. A certain amount of bleeding is to be expected following surgery. Slight bleeding, oozing, or redness in the saliva is very common. Excessive bleeding may be controlled by placing a gauze pad over the area and biting firmly for thirty minutes. Repeat as needed. Take care. ...Read more
Should I put gauze over my wsdm tooth removal site before I eat for the first 2-3 days? I would remove it, brush, floss and swish w/salt water after.
Been 72 hrs since my tooth removed. I smoked w/ gauze in mouth and pulled on opp side. Need 2 kno if bloodclott formed or if I can still dislodge it b/c I want to smoke again but out of gauze?
Don't smoke please!: Smoking will interfere with the healing process and create potential healing delay problems at this time. I would suggest speaking with your doctor to see if a tobacco alternative can be used safely during this time of healing. ...Read more
Check them in 30 min: Good pressure with gauze will help a clot form. This will prevent dry sockets, and allow healing. Check the guaze in 30 minutes then change them about every hour. Sometimes you can be done with them in an hour, and sometimes you have to change them several times. If you are still bleeding, use thumb pressure on the gauze. ...Read more
Post Op Instructions: Follow the oral and\or written instructions of the dentist who treated you. Call if you are unsure. Generally 30-45 minutes and replace if necessary (more than very slight oozing). ...Read more
Saw my OMS doctor today and he packed my wisdom tooth extraction with medicated gauze for my dry socket it feel out and now my socket is huge. Normal?
Very Common: The gauze packing should be removed and replaced every 24 hours until symptoms subside. At this point you should treated the dry socket by flushing the extraction site with warm salt water solution and packing the socket with gauze or a gelatin sponge by yourself. If concerned, see your oral surgeon/dentist. ...Read more
Probably OK: If you're concerned, call the surgeon.Get a more detailed answer ›
My wife Had a tooth extracted yesterday. She accidentally knocked the clot off. What should we do?
24 hours: I normally tell my pt. The first 24 hrs are critical to keep clot in socket. No rinsing, spitting, swishing, sucking thru straw, smoking, and drinking hot liquids for 24 hrs. Avoid using that side. This gives time for the healing to start. You need to be careful but can function close to normal. Gums and bone take some time to heal and close. ...Read more
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