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When you have a tooth extracted, it is extremely important that you let the blood clot settle within the empty tooth socket so that your gums heal properly. However, there are times when it can be pretty difficult to tell whether your blood clot is still there or not. For some people, the blood clot can take a day or two to settle, while for others, it can take more than a week.
In this article, we reveal three signs that indicate that your blood clot may have become loose. If your blood clot indeed fall out, it is important that you see a dentist straight away. Otherwise, you will start to feel a lot of pain due to a condition called dry sockets. The dentist will provide you with the appropriate medication that prevents conditions like dry sockets from forming. Later in the article, we also highlight several steps you can take to make sure the blood clot does not become loose.
#1 Tasting blood
The first and most obvious sign that shows your blood clot has become dislodged from the tooth socket is the presence of fresh blood. This usually occurs within the first few hours or first few days after a tooth extraction. If you see blood whenever you spit out saliva, it is a pretty strong indication that the blood clot has fallen out of the tooth socket.
It isn’t necessarily a bad thing if you taste blood. This means there is still a good chance for another blood clot to form in the empty tooth socket. However, if the blood does not clot properly after a day or two, you may want a dentist to examine your teeth and ensure that it isn’t something else that is causing blood to appear in your mouth.
#2 Sensitive teeth
Sensitive teeth are another good indication of a dislodged blood clot. For example, you may feel pain around the area where the tooth was extracted if you drink something hot or cold. The blood clot serves a very important purpose in the recovery process. It protects various parts of the inner gum structure such as the nerves and bones. Therefore, you are more likely to experience sharp pains once your socket becomes exposed.
#3 Gum inflammations
Although it is normal for your gums to swell after a tooth extraction, the swelling should eventually subside after a few hours. If your gums are still swollen after a day or two, something may have gone wrong with the tooth extraction process. Gums can swell for several reasons. One cause of gum inflammation is bacterial infection. If the blood clot is dislodged from the tooth socket, there is a greater chance for bacteria to infiltrate your bloodstream and cause all sorts of havoc.
As I mentioned earlier, the last thing you want is to be affected by dry sockets. Make sure you get your teeth checked out by a dentist soon so your teeth socket can heal quickly.