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Ask the Periodondist about Bleeding Gums Marie Schweinebraten Question:
Bleeding Gums During Dental Work: My dentist says I have healthy gums. She did a full mouth exam, xrays, cleaning, gum test and the gums were healthy.

While having a filling she said the area was bleeding excessively and she had to stop for a while. She continued and finished the filling but she said she had never seen that much bleeding from cleaning out a cavity and filling it before.

I had another filling the next week and she said the same thing. What would cause so much bleeding during the procedure? I don't take blood thinners. ...Visitor from TX

Answer:
Gums can bleed when placing a filling for a number of reasons.

First, the filling may have to go beneath the gum line and as a result when the dentist is preparing the tooth the gums may get traumatized causing bleeding.

Even though you are not on blood thinners prescribed by a physician, if you are taking baby aspirin daily, or have been taking aspirin or ibuprofen for anything recently, these could cause more bleeding than usual. Even certain vitamins can do this.

If there was not a problem with bleeding around the filling for a day or so after it was placed, then I would not be overly concerned. This is especially true if you have not had any healing problems recently after a small cut anywhere on your body.

Some people simply have a tendency to bleed more easily than others. If it happens again, or you notice that your finger bleeds for a very long time after you cut it, for example, then I would see your physician. A simple blood test can determine if there are any problems.

Marie C. Schweinebraten, DMD
Atlanta Periodontist
2925 Premiere Parkway
Duluth, GA 30097
(770) 623-0930

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