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How long do you have to wear gauze after a tooth extraction?

I am a 53 year old female. I want to know how long do you have to wear gauze after a tooth extraction?

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It is advised put pressure on the extraction site at least for 20 minutes by wearing the sterilized gauze to stop the bleeding. IF ht ebleeding does not stop after 20 minutes change the gauze and wear it for another 20 minutes. If the bleeding is excessively and covering your Oral Pharyngeal, you might need to call your dentist promptly and address the issue. Sometimes putting wet tea bag on the bleeding area help stop the bleeding and form localized clotting.
Until the bleeding stops.
I recommend for at least for 2 hours
Gauze is given to stop the initial bleeding immediately after the extraction to help form a natural clot. You generally have to use the gauze for a half hour to forty-five minutes, for a single tooth extraction, with no complications. Even less time if there are sutures involved.
20 mins is long enough typically, of course aspirin or other anti-coagulants will affect this bleeding times.
The gauze is to stem the oozing of blood and allow a clot to form more quickly. So you put pressure on it over the wound for about 30 minutes immediately post-op then change as it gets soaked which is usually around two to four hours. The fact that you put the gauze in place and see blood on it is not an indication that you are still bleeding. Gauze will draw blood up from a completed clot so you only need to use it until there is no oozing from the wound.
20 mins. In the first 24 hours if it starts bleeding again, repeat gauze application for 20 minutes

The amount of time to use gauze after a tooth extraction can vary from person to person. After getting a tooth extracted the patient is asked to bite down on gauze that is strategically placed over the area where the tooth was. The purpose of this gauze is to help form a clot and get the bleeding to stop. After the bleeding has stopped the gauze can be removed. Usually this process takes about 30 minutes; however, there are some factors that can prolong it. For example, if a patient is on blood thinners or has hemophilia it takes a longer time to form a blood clot. The doctor who extracts the tooth should go over this after the tooth is extracted. Also if it takes longer then 30 minutes for the bleeding to stop the doctor should be called and notified. Hope this helps.

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William F. Scott IV, DMD
Hello, please change the gauze every 30-40 minutes. You can keep the gauze on for four hours or until you stop bleeding. Please consult with your dental provider if the bleeding occurs longer than normal.

Thank you for your question.