Can You Stop Using a Gauze Immediately after Tooth Extraction?

January 15, 2024
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You have done it, the reason for your agony is gone with the help of tooth extraction and your dentist has given a gauze to bite down on. We understand you must be wondering, “Why is this gauze so important, or when should we stop using this gauze post-tooth extraction?” Let’s find out.

Importance of Using a Gauze Pad

After tooth extraction, managing to bleed is the topmost priority, and a gauze pad is crucial for not only that but also to promote healing. It is important to bite down on a gauze and put pressure on the extraction site to facilitate the blood clotting process and prevent bleeding.

In addition, gauze is absorbent, which means that it can help absorb excess blood and saliva from the extraction site, reducing the risk of infection. However, since blood and saliva can mix, it can look like you’re bleeding more than you are, even with gauze in place.

When Can You Stop Using a Gauze Pad After Tooth Extraction?

Usually, it is best to let the gauze do its job for 15 to 30 minutes after the procedure. During this time, you must firmly bite it for enhanced clotting. Once the bleeding goes down, it is gently removed. However, there are some cases in which you cannot stop using the gauze 24 hours after tooth extraction.

So, when should you stop using it?

The most adequate time to stop using a gauze or to replace it with a new one is 15-30 minutes. You can check it for blood, and if it still seems to be bleeding, bite down on a fresh one for more time. The key function here is pressure, which will help stop the bleeding.

The first sign to stop is when you notice no blood oozing out, with the pad coming clean and dry. Once 24 hours pass after your surgery, gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water solution multiple times a day; this helps keep the extraction area clean and promotes healing.

Moreover, steer clear of spitting or rinsing vigorously for the sake of safeguarding your blood clot. Any sudden or pressured movement can dislodge the blood clot and result in bleeding.

In addition to that, smoking is also in the no-go zone, along with drinking with the help of a straw and eating hard or crunchy foods. This is to save the blood clot from dislodging because it can lead to a dry socket.

For How Long Should You Leave The Gauze As It Is?

Do not leave your gauze pad unattended after the surgery. Check it after you cross the 1-hour mark for bleeding. If you can see blood trickling, replace the gauze and keep firm pressure by biting down.

If you can see no changes happening and the bleeding is persistent, get in touch with a doctor immediately.

Closing Note

At Insight Dental Group, we are committed to providing high-quality dental care tailored to your needs. You can rely on our experienced team led by Dr. Vikram Shad, a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, and Dr. Avni Goel, a Doctor of Dental Medicine, to guide you through the tooth extraction process we offer. Reach out to us at (713) 623-0700 to request an appointment today.

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