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Blood spurting from gum

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Posted by: soniaa  (7 years ago)
I am due to have an extraction of 2 teeth next week as my gums have been bleeding a lot & have become swollen & two of my teeth have become loose. My dentist has also given me antibiotics. However, I have woken up for the last 2 nights with blood literally spurting from my gum. It is as though an artery has burst and the blood is under so much pressure that it shoots right out of my mouth. It is very frightening. The only way to stop it is to push my thumb against my gum for about 20 minutes. I rang my dentist but I don't think he really believed how bad it was and said he will see me next week as arranged. I am really frightened that there is a major blood vessel/artery damaged in my gum & that I will not be able to stop the blood from spurting out or my dentist will pull the tooth & that will make things even worse. Does anyone know if there is an artery that could be above my teeth?
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I am due to have an extraction of 2 teeth next week as my gums have been bleeding a lot & have become swollen & two of my teeth have become loose. My dentist has also given me antibiotics. However, I have woken up for the last 2 nights with blood literally spurting from my gum. It is as though an artery has burst and the blood is under so much pressure that it shoots right out of my mouth. It is very frightening. The only way to stop it is to push my thumb against my gum for about 20 minutes. I rang my dentist but I don't think he really believed how bad it was and said he will see me next week as arranged. I am really frightened that there is a major blood vessel/artery damaged in my gum & that I will not be able to stop the blood from spurting out or my dentist will pull the tooth & that will make things even worse. Does anyone know if there is an artery that could be above my teeth?

Gum disease is serious, but I have never had a patient bleed to death from it. Sometimes the bleeding can be quite severe.

Do you have any known clotting disorders? Have you been taking a lot of aspirin? If it bleeds too much during the extraction, the dentist can cauterize the tissue with electrosurgery or laser to stop the bleeding.
Posted 7 years ago
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Posted by: soniaa  (7 years ago)
Thank you for your reply. I'm not aware of any clotting disorder and I haven't been taking asprin. I don't know if my dentist in the UK has the equipment you refer to. I've certainly never seen anything that looks like that type of equipment. Is it possible that it is a damaged artery? I'm so frightened and I nearly rang for an ambulance last night when the bllod started spurting out of my mouth again. It was like something out of a horror film.
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Brush your teeth after every meal.If any bleeding is noticed while brushing,then you should go to the dentist and have proper check up.
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