Keep the gauze that was placed in your mouth at the time of surgery in place for 30 minutes. If bleeding is still present when you remove the gauze, place new gauze in the area for 15-minute intervals until bleeding stops.

Occasionally, because of discomfort or numbness in the area, the gauze will be placed between the teeth instead of directly over the surgery site. Make sure when placing the gauze, that pressure is applied directly on the surgery site.

Pink saliva (oozing) is normal following extractions. However, excessive bleeding and clotting is abnormal. If biting down on the gauze does not stop the bleeding, contact your doctor.