Re: 7 hours after tooth extraction, bleeding STILL hasn't stopped
Thanks for the suggestions, everyone!
I tried the tea bag solution and it seemed to reduce the heavy bleeding considerably after about 40 minutes. After that, I decided not to stuff anything else (gauze or tea bag) over the extraction site for fear that it might open up the clot again.
Since then, I've left the site alone and the heavy bleeding seems to be over with. However, there is still some blood coming from the site -- not heavy, but enough so that when I spit (actually drool, since I'm not allowed to spit) my saliva is kind of streaked-pink with traces of the blood.
Also, after 8+ hours of sleep last night, I woke up and had a small amount of blood in my mouth -- not heavy, but again enough to streak my saliva with blood.
When I look at the extraction site it appears to be full of blood (dark red), but I assume this is good since it is probably the blood clotting?
What do you all think -- am I in the clear, or should I go back to the dentist?