Bleeding after oral surgery is a perfectly normal event. No matter if you had a tooth extraction, dental implants, or something more severe like reconstructive surgery, you will experience bleeding for at least the first twenty-four to forty-eight hours. Bleeding is typically mild, and can be controlled with gauze.
It’s important to remember that oral bleeding is typically mostly saliva mixed with just a little blood. There is plenty you can do to help alleviate it and things you should avoid that could otherwise exacerbate it.
Pain after oral surgery is just as normal as bleeding. For many, over the counter pain medication can help ease this pain. It is important to remember, though, that you should avoid medications that can thin the blood. These can cause bleeding, or make current bleeding worse.
Rest is important, especially for the first twenty-four hours after surgery. Stay seated, or lie down with your head elevated. This can help slow and stop bleeding. Too much movement and strenuous activity can worsen bleeding or make it up again.
A well balanced diet full of nutritious food is important to the healing process, but there are certain foods you should avoid. Hard, crunchy foods can irritate the sensitive tissue at the surgical site, initiating bleeding. Instead, opt for soft foods, or even liquids, and don’t chew on the side of your mouth where surgery was performed. If you are drinking liquids, don’t drink them through a straw, as the suction can cause bleeding.
Keeping your mouth clean of leftover food and bacteria is another important factor in healing. You may be prescribed a special mouthwash to use. Brushing your teeth is crucial to oral health, but avoid brushing near the site of the surgery, as the bristles of your toothbrush can aggravate sensitive skin and lead to new or worsening bleeding.
Mild bleeding post-surgery is completely normal and should stop after forty-eight hours. If bleeding doesn’t stop, however, or gets worse, contact our office immediately.