Problems After Tooth Extraction:
An Essential Expert Guide

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What happens if bleeding doesn’t stop after tooth extraction?

Please note – in this section, bleeding refers to bleeding following extraction which will not stop. This does not refer to bleeding gums (for instance following brushing).

If you notice profuse bleeding that is oozing intensively, you ought to seek urgent dental/medical care.

In some patients, bleeding may not stop following extraction. This could be because:

If you suspect any of the above, always notify your dentist before any dental treatment.

Self-help advice

Professional treatment available (following detailed history and examination)

How do you stop bleeding after tooth extraction on blood thinners?

If you’re on blood thinners and have undergone a tooth extraction, it is important to take the extra precautions below to stop bleeding and prevent complications:

  1. Apply pressure: Immediately after the tooth extraction, bite down on a piece of gauze for at least 30 minutes to help form a clot and stop bleeding. If bleeding persists, you can change the gauze and apply more pressure.
  2. Use ice packs: Applying ice packs to the affected area can help reduce swelling and bleeding. Wrap a cold compress in a towel and apply it to the cheek for 10 to 20 minutes at a time.
  3. Avoid rinsing or spitting: For the first 24 hours after the tooth extraction, avoid rinsing your mouth or spitting, as this can dislodge the blood clot and prolong bleeding.
  4. Avoid smoking or drinking alcohol: Smoking and drinking alcohol can increase bleeding and delay healing. Avoid these activities for at least 24 hours after the tooth extraction.
  5. Take medication as prescribed: If your dentist or doctor has prescribed medication to manage bleeding, pain, or swelling, be sure to take it as directed.
  6. Follow up with your dentist: It is important to follow up with your dentist after the tooth extraction to monitor healing and ensure there are no complications.

If bleeding persists for more than a few hours or is excessive, contact your dentist or doctor immediately.

In some cases, they may need to take additional steps to stop the bleeding, such as applying a topical medication or placing a suture.

Pain/swelling after an extraction

Pain and/or swelling following extraction can often be expected. If you are particularly worried, then revisit the dentist who carried out the extraction

Dry socket (Alveolar Osteitits)

One of the more common reasons for pain after extraction includes ‘dry socket’. This results following extraction whereby the blood clot fails to form or is dislodged.

The pain (or the worst of it) will often come on a few days after the extraction and will be very severe.

Some of the things that increase the chance of dry socket include smoking and rinsing out immediately following the extraction.

If you suspect dry socket we would advise you see your dentist.

Self-help advice

After following the self-help advice, if the bleeding persists or you are taking blood thinners then seek urgent medical or dental care.

Professional treatment available (following detailed history and examination)

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to be registered?

No. You don’t need to be registered with us as a patient for one of our caring dental teams to look after you.

If you are registered with a dentist you will receive follow up treatment (if required) by them.

If you don’t have a dentist you can choose to remain a patient at our practice and we would love to be able to look after you moving forward!

When can I be seen?

We always guarantee same day emergency appointments. We are quite busy but will always move heaven and earth to ensure you are seen the same day.

Provided there is no medical contraindications, it is in your best interest and you are happy to proceed we always provide emergency treatment during your visit with us.

How does it work?

You can contact us in whatever manner is most convenient for you:
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You will then be triaged and offered the earliest and most convenient appointment for you.

The dentist will see you, carry out an assessment, x-rays if needed and then explain in plain language the issue and your treatment options.

Emergency treatment is provided in the same visit provided there are no medical contraindications, it is in your best interest and you are happy to proceed.

How much does it cost to be seen?

The assessment fee is £49 and covers your consultation and any x-rays you require.

The treatment fees will vary depending on the emergency. We see patients for everything from broken dentures, toothache to dental trauma.

Fees depend on the issue and the treatment option you choose.

You are not liable for anything further to the £49 assessment until the dentist gives you an exact treatment fee.

I haven’t been to the dentist for years?!

That is not an issue for us and we see many patients who have not attended a dentist for many years.

We treat all patients with care, respect and dignity.

I’m EXTREMELY nervous?!

We totally understand that. It doesn’t help when you are anxious with toothache then attending a clinic you may have never attended previously.

We feel we have the most caring dental team who are specially trained in anxious patients.

Have a look at our reviews below and we hope that sentiment comes across.

What pain killers can I try?

Only take painkillers that you know you are not allergic to. Always read the label.

We would always advise consulting a qualified medical professional such as a doctor or pharmacist before taking painkillers.

Are you NHS or Private?

Unfortunately we do not have an NHS contract and are thus a wholly private practice.

For NHS dental emergencies in the greater Manchester area, please call the Community Urgent Dental Care Service on Freephone 0333 3323 800.