Emergency dental treatment

Bleeding after a tooth is removed

Bleeding can sometimes happen when you've had an extraction. Although it may have stopped bleeding in the surgery, it can start again later on.

If this happens, roll up a clean cotton handkerchief, not a tissue, and bite on the area for 15–20 minutes while sitting in an upright position. Avoid exercise and alcohol.

If the bleeding continues:

  • During normal working hours, ring the dentist where the extraction was performed.
  • Outside of normal working hours, ring the NHS Greater Manchester Urgent Dental Care Service using the details on this page.
  • Go to your local Accident and Emergency department only if the bleeding is severe.