Dental Emergencies Part 3 – Uncontrolled bleeding

October 23rd, 2017

Problems with persistent bleeding will only usually arise after having a tooth extraction (or multiple extractions). If you are already aware of previous problems with bleeding then you should be prepared for this eventuality. There are several medical conditions which can render you more likely to experience bleeding, but there are also several common medications which may also increase the risk.

Your dentist will always go over your medical history prior to any extractions. The most common medications which can cause increased bleeding are Warfarin and the increasingly popular new oral anticoagulants (NOAC’s) such as Rivaroxaban (Xarelto) or Dabigatran (Pradaxa).

In the first instance, bleeding should be controlled by applying continuous pressure using a clean gauze or cloth to the socket for 15-20 minutes. In most cases this will succeed in controlling bleeding. If this is unsuccessful then you will need help to stop the bleeding. Dentists can place dressings and sometime use sutures/stitches to close the socket to stop the bleeding.

If you think you might be at risk of bleeding, it would often be wiser to have any extractions in the morning allowing plenty of time that day to address any bleeding issues.

Don’t forget, here at Coppice View Dental Care, we keep daily appointments free to cater for any emergencies, toothaches etc., but if you require advice outside of normal working hours, we operate an on-call rota with other practices in Harrogate and can be contacted on 07790 780512.


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