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How Much Bleeding is Normal After Grafting Procedures?

Posted on 4/20/2020 by David Mugford
How Much Bleeding is Normal After Grafting Procedures? If you are employing any sort of tissue grafting as a part of your gum disease treatment regimen, you will experience some amount of bleeding afterwards. However, this does not mean that you should not be concerned: some bleeding is normal, excessive bleeding is something that you should notify us about right away. So, how much bleeding should you expect? As you might suspect, the answer will depend on a few factors. Here is more information on what you should expect, and what to do if the bleeding is excessive.

Some Bleeding is Normal

Remember, you have had surgery, so there will be some bleeding while your body heals itself. However, most of the bleeding should resolve itself within 24 hours of the surgery. After that, anything other than occasional bleeding is probably something you should seek medical attention for. In addition, although bleeding within the first 24 hours is common, you should not be experiencing heavy bleeding. Most of the heavy bleeding should resolve itself within an hour of your procedure.

Some Causes of Heavier Bleeding

Not all heavy bleeding means that you have an issue, however. If you are taking certain types of drugs such as blood thinners, your blood will take longer to clot. This means you will bleed for a bit longer than you may expect. Likewise, if you are taking herbal supplements that inhibit clotting, you will probably bleed longer than usual.

Getting Help

If you do feel that your bleeding is too excessive, or if it does not seem to be slowing down, it is important that you seek out medical attention right away. Even if it ends up being nothing, it is better to seek out attention and not need it than to ignore the issue when you really should be getting help. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us. We're happy to help you.
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