Dental implants are one of the most common types of dental restorations. This procedure can effectively replace a missing tooth in a way that fully restores the look and feel of your smile.
After getting the metal implant inserted into the jaw, you will need to go through a 6 month healing period before you can receive the final two components of your implant: the abutment and the crown.
Your dental surgeon will provide many at-home recommendations to help speed along the healing process. But, you can experience certain side effects, especially in the first few weeks after surgery, such as bleeding.
But how much bleeding is normal, and when should you be worried?
Why Is There Bleeding After Dental Implant Surgery?
To get the dental implant, the surgeon will make an incision in the jaw and insert the metal screw to replace the missing tooth’s root. It’s perfectly normal to experience some bleeding right after the procedure since your tissue needs a bit more time to heal and close the incision around the implant.
Bleeding after a dental implant is usually mild, and much less than what you’d experience with other dental surgeries, such as a wisdom tooth extraction.
How Much Bleeding Is Normal?
In the first few days after the procedure, it’s common to:
- See your saliva has a pink hue
- See traces of blood around the implant site
- Have a slightly metallic taste in your mouth
Bleeding will most likely be mild, and you’ll only see a few traces of blood around the site or after you rinse your mouth. This is perfectly normal and nothing to worry about.
However, there are rare cases where bleeding might be more profuse, which can indicate a potential complication with the implant itself. However, if this is the case, you will also experience:
- High levels of pain
- Even a fever
What Can You Do If the Bleeding Doesn’t Stop?
If the bleeding doesn’t get better in the days after your procedure, and you start to experience other symptoms, you should contact your dentist right away for an emergency appointment.
These could be signs of an infection or another untreated condition that is affecting the dental implant. The sooner you see your dentist and get treated, the better chances you have to fix the problem and allow the implant site to fully heal.
Interested in Dental Implants? Restore Health Dentistry Can Help!
If you’re wondering whether dental implants are right for you, you can most likely find out in just one consultation. Dr. Nancy William is here to help you access the best dental restoration treatments that can give you back your winning smile!
To get started, you can book an appointment at Restore Health Dentistry online, or call our office at (562) 936-0071 to find out more about our restoration services.