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When to Stop Using Gauze After Tooth Extraction

Posted on 6/3/2024 by Ranches Family Dental
Row of wooden tooth shapes, one of which is being pulled out of the row by dental pliersYour dentist may use a piece of gauze to encourage clotting at the extraction site immediately following tooth extraction. At most, it is left there for 24 hours, but more commonly for 15 to 30 minutes. Gauze can cause you to bleed for longer than usual, so it is important to know when to stop using it following tooth extraction.

Various Factors Affecting Gauze Usage After Tooth Extraction

Some criteria determine when removing the gauze from the extraction site is appropriate. Such as:

The Rate of Bleeding

Some individuals have blood that is thinner and clots more slowly. Some people may clot more quickly than others. Bleeding is common for a few hours after extraction. If the bleeding is excessive, let the gauze stay in place and apply light pressure to the extraction site.

Nature of Extraction

Simple and surgical procedures are the two types of extraction methods. Consequently, compared to a simple extraction, surgical extraction may bleed more.

Individual Considerations

Specific medical usage, health problems, and lifestyle choices such as smoking can cause changes in the bleeding time and healing speed. Dental practitioners advise changing the gauze piece every 30 to 45 minutes while considering the bleeding rate. Check to see if your bleeding has stopped every few hours by observing its rate.

Indicators to Quit Using Gauze

When deciding whether to remove the gauze from the extraction site, keep an eye out for some telltale signs. You should see the formation of a thick, jelly-like clot at the tooth extraction site, which indicates that removing the gauze is okay.

If there is only a little bit of blood on the gauze you are replacing, then you may no longer require the gauze, as the bleeding appears to be slowing down. If the clot starts to form and the bleeding is less than usual 3-4 hours after the procedure, you can safely remove the gauze.

When to stop using gauze after tooth extraction is important information to promote a quick recovery; all people have different bodies, and so do their healing capacities. If there are any concerns, it is always good to get advice from your oral surgeon. For questions or an appointment, please give us a call or email.

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