Bleeding After Dental Implants: What’s Normal?

Dental implants are the best solution for patients who are missing teeth, as they replace the whole tooth structure, maintaining the health of the jaw bone and restoring a beautiful, functional smile.

Getting a dental implant means going through dental surgery, probably more than once, and this process involves multiple stages of healing. When undergoing dental surgeries, you can always expect some soreness, redness, and even light bleeding during the first hours and days. But let’s see when to worry and what to do if bleeding is excessive.

What Is Normal Bleeding After Implant?

As mentioned, you can expect bleeding during the first 2-3 days after the implant surgery. However, at this stage, you should encourage the formation of blood clots, by biting down on sterile gauze, and not disturbing the wound. Normal bleeding is light bleeding or spotting of the saliva, not large quantities of blood spilling uncontrollably.

During the first 48-72 hours, have a stack of sterile gauze that you can change frequently, and continue biting on it to help the blood clots form.

At this stage, you might also experience nose bleeds. If you got an implant on your upper jaw, nosebleeds are normal and should stop when applying light pressure on the bridge of your nose.

When to Worry About Bleeding After Implant?

If you notice that biting down on the gauze does not stop the bleeding, or there is no blood clot over the wound, contact your dentist. You might experience what’s called a “dry socket,” or other complications like mucositis or peri-implantitis.

Mucositis and peri-implantitis are inflammations of the gum tissue around the implant and can be caused by co-existing chronic conditions like diabetes, improper hygiene after getting an implant, excess dental cement around the implant, etc.

Symptoms of mucositis are swelling, bleeding from the gums around the implant, irritated gums. Peri-implantitis has about the same symptoms as mucositis, but the most characteristic symptom is jaw bone loss around the implant, which you might not feel at all.

If you notice that the bleeding and swelling continue undisturbed after 5-6 days since getting your implant, contact your dentist and let them know. You should go for a check-up to make sure everything is in order and to treat any complications early on.

Book an Appointment Today

If you have gotten an implant, or are interested in getting one, contact Lakeview Modern Dentistry in McFarland, Wisconsin. Our doctors have vast experience with dental implants and will administer expert treatment for patients in need of replacement treatments. We can also educate you on what the process entails and what to expect.

Contact us to book an appointment and be seen by one of our dentists. Our office welcomes patients with friendliness, professionalism, and state-of-the-art equipment and techniques. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions and to check our reviews.

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