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3 Symptoms of Failed Blood Clot after Tooth Extraction

Many people ignore the importance of the blood clot after tooth extraction. In many cases, tooth extraction can be a smooth experience, but for some unfortunate people such as myself, tooth extraction can be quite a difficult experience. I have three impacted wisdom tooth that were removed and it was pretty hard to keep the blood clot stay undisturbed. Today’s post is dedicated to give you three basic signs you can use as a reference to know when your blood clot is compromised.

In the dentistry world, the blood clot will settle within the empty tooth socket, and this blood clot will help the area to heal. Depending on the person, the time needed for the socket to fully healed is somewhere between two days and one week. During that time, you need to make sure that the blood clot doesn’t fall out. A fall out blood clot is the primary reason for dry socket after tooth extraction.

Blood Clot after Tooth Extraction

Below are three most common signs and symptoms of a failed blood clot after tooth extraction:

You can taste blood

This is the number one and the strongest indication that you have a failed or fall out blood clot. While it is common to see blood when you spit a few hours after the tooth extraction; you should not be seeing blood whenever you spit out your saliva after two days. However, don’t freak out yet. If you can still taste blood then there’s a chance that another blood clot is formed to replace the dislodged one. We will still recommend you to visit your dentist if you are unsure of what to do.

You experience sensitive teeth

After drinking something hot or cold, you may feel discomfort or pain around the exposed socket after you got the tooth removed. While there may be other causes for this condition, it may also be a sign of a dislodged blood clot. Here’s the reason: once your blood clot is dislodged or fallen out, it reveals the nerves that it protects. Once these nerves are exposed with hot or cold sensation; you may feel the teeth sensitivity or sharp pain, particularly in the exposed area.

Gum Inflammation

The third and the last symptoms of a broken blood clot after tooth extraction is swollen gum. We’ve mentioned in our other posts that it is common to have a swollen gum after the dentist remove the tooth. However, if the swollen gum lasts for more than a day or two, you may want to revisit your dentist and let them take a look into the socket to make sure that the blood clot is intact. The prolonged swollen gum after tooth extraction may be caused by bacteria infiltrating the socket and affect the nerve system. Note that if you have an impacted wisdom tooth like I did, the prolonged swelling is a common thing and that may be caused by the wisdom tooth removal surgery.

Lastly, we recommend you to maintain your oral hygiene habit to make sure that you have a minimum amount of bad bacteria in your mouth. You should also make an appointment for follow ups if you are worried about the blood clot.

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