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What to Remember About Bleeding Following Oral Surgery


Posted on 9/25/2019 by Pacific Oral and Facial Surgery Center
What to Remember About Bleeding Following Oral SurgeryRight after oral surgery and during the recovery period, you're likely to experience some bleeding. While this almost always happens, it's nothing to be concerned about. However, there are a few things you'll want to remember about bleeding following oral surgery.

It's Normal
Again, remember that bleeding is normal. Your body has to heal up, and that takes time. You will bleed a little bit, but as long as the bleeding doesn't get worse or continue longer than it should, you're okay. We will let you know when you can expect the bleeding to stop before you leave the office. In most cases, you'll only deal with bleeding for a few days.

Bleeding Shouldn't Get Worse

As your surgical site heals up, the bleeding should lessen until it stops completely. If it gets worse, it means that something isn't healing as it should. If you had stitches, it's possible they have opened up. You may also have irritated or damaged the site by eating something abrasive or that had a sharp edge to it, such as a potato chip.

If the bleeding does get worse, you need to come see us as soon as possible. It's also important that you do watch what you eat so you don't cause any further complications with your recovery. Soft foods are the best option for the first few days.

You Should Only Bleed from the Surgical Site

If you notice that you're bleeding from a part of your mouth that wasn't operated on, you should also call us so we can take a look at it. You shouldn't be bleeding from any place other than the surgical site. If you are, there may have been damage to a part of your mouth that requires attention.

Some bleeding is to be expected after oral surgery, but if you experience anything other than what you've been told to expect, call us right away.


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