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Can Tea Stop Bleeding After Wisdom Teeth Extraction?

Wisdom teeth extraction is one of the most common oral surgeries performed. Similar to other surgical procedures, it is completely normal to experience some degree of bleeding after wisdom teeth extraction, as the gum tissue is affected during the procedure. In many cases, bleeding should subside within eight hours* as the blood clotting process solidifies. Our board-certified oral surgeons, Dr. Michael W. Golding and Dr. J. Gregory Sabol, have performed these procedures many times and offer tips below for how to control bleeding after wisdom teeth removal and help ensure the recovery process is smooth and effective.

Gauze & Tea Bags

In many cases, the best way to support healing and promote blood clotting after a tooth extraction is by using gauze pads and/or moistened, caffeinated tea bags. Following surgery, a gauze pad should be placed over the surgical area for 30 minutes, discarded, and then repeated with a new gauze pad as necessary. Alternatively, applying tea bags to the extraction site can be effective for some patients in order to control bleeding, as well. This is because the tannins (or tannic acid) found in caffeinated tea, especially black tea, have properties that promote blood clotting and coagulation, constrict blood vessels/open capillaries, and may also help with killing bacteria and preventing infection. Here is how to properly use a tea bag in place of a gauze pad:

Additional Tips to Control Bleeding

If bleeding continues without clot formation or lasts longer than 8 to 12 hours*, you should call your oral surgeon or dental professional to see if medical attention is needed. This can help to prevent complications such as soft tissue hematomas or excessive blood loss.

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*Medical Reference for Tooth Extraction

Interventions for treating post‐extraction bleeding