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Old 01-13-2004, 12:00 PM   #1
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Extraction FYI

I just finished reading a thread about someone who had an extraction and the bleeding wouldn't stop.

If this situation happens to anyone, take a tea bag, wet it (just damp), and bite down on that, replacing your gauze. A tea bag has tanic acid in it and will stop the bleeding 98% of the time. If it doesn't stop within a couple of hours after the extraction, contact your doctor!

 
Old 01-13-2004, 02:53 PM   #2
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Re: Extraction FYI

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I just finished reading a thread about someone who had an extraction and the bleeding wouldn't stop.

If this situation happens to anyone, take a tea bag, wet it (just damp), and bite down on that, replacing your gauze. A tea bag has tanic acid in it and will stop the bleeding 98% of the time. If it doesn't stop within a couple of hours after the extraction, contact your doctor!
I have heard of this, but i believe it to be true that anything acidic next to an opened wound can cause infection to worsen if there is any presence of bacteria or an already ongoing infection.

 
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Old 01-13-2004, 03:39 PM   #3
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Re: Extraction FYI

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I have heard of this, but i believe it to be true that anything acidic next to an opened wound can cause infection to worsen if there is any presence of bacteria or an already ongoing infection.
On the other hand, tannic acids inhibit the growth of streptococcus mutans and kills certain bacteria on contact. But I'm not a microbiologist, so I don't know. Maybe this offsets the potentially negative effects of acidity on open wounds? Just speculating. As far as I know, the pH changes from tannins are short-lived.

 
Old 01-13-2004, 07:02 PM   #4
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Re: Extraction FYI

I made this suggestion based on the many years that dentists had to recommend it to stop bleeding. I never had a patient come in for a post op with an infection afterwards.
But, hey, you learn something new every day! I'll have to check with one of the professors at Pitt Univ that I know. (If I can remember to ask) I'll post on the subject again if I get the info.
Interesting!
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On the other hand, tannic acids inhibit the growth of streptococcus mutans and kills certain bacteria on contact. But I'm not a microbiologist, so I don't know. Maybe this offsets the potentially negative effects of acidity on open wounds? Just speculating. As far as I know, the pH changes from tannins are short-lived.

 
Old 01-13-2004, 11:32 PM   #5
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Re: Extraction FYI

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I made this suggestion based on the many years that dentists had to recommend it to stop bleeding. I never had a patient come in for a post op with an infection afterwards.
But, hey, you learn something new every day! I'll have to check with one of the professors at Pitt Univ that I know. (If I can remember to ask) I'll post on the subject again if I get the info.
Interesting!
I am a patient that came back with an infection (2 days later) after placement of a porcelain veneer. I have been suffering with Osteomyelitis of the Maxilla since. (2 years_ of cultures, debridements, etc. ) I would be very curious to know that answer and would really think you would as well!

 
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