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Bleeding After Dental Implants: What’s Normal?

It’s strange to see “bleeding” and “normal” in the same sentence, but it’s true: some bleeding can be perfectly normal after some dental procedures. 

Dental implants are a common example of this. Though not usually seen as a major procedure, placing a dental implant post into the jaw can result in some mild or even moderate bleeding afterward.

But how much bleeding should you expect? And when is it time to call your dentist?

Let’s discuss.

Dental Implant Bleeding: Perfectly Normal

You can expect some bleeding around 48–72 hours after your implant surgery; however, every patient is unique, and you don’t necessarily have a complication if you go over the 3-day mark.

Usually, post-surgical bleeding will present itself during these days:

  • A pinkish hue in the saliva
  • Traces of blood around the implant site
  • A metallic taste in the mouth

Bleeding is usually worse after the procedure and will gradually reduce as time goes on and the implant site begins to heal. 

Dental Implant Bleeding: Not Normal

 If you notice your bleeding isn’t going away a few days after your surgery and seems to be getting worse, you should reach out to us. 

This is especially true if your bleeding presents with additional symptoms such as:

  • Swelling and inflammation around the implant site
  • Red gums
  • Moderate or high levels of pain

These symptoms warrant a dental appointment right away, as they could be signs of implant failure. Though it’s very uncommon, some people can experience post-surgery complications such as peri-implantitis, which is an infection that attacks the jaw bone.

Swift care is often needed to remove your discomfort and treat the cause of implant failure, so it’s best to call us at (704) 335-8266 for an emergency appointment.

Can You Prevent Bleeding After a Dental Implant?

After the metal post is inserted into the gum and jaw, a blood clot forms over it to cover all the sensitive nerve endings in the area. It’s very important to prevent the clot from dislodging, as it can lead to more bleeding and lots of pain.

 Some ways to protect the clot and prevent bleeding include:

  • Not spitting, smoking, or drinking through a straw
  • Eating on the other side of the mouth
  • Avoiding exercise or strenuous activity for a few days
  • Eating soft foods like yogurt or soups for the first 2–3 days after your surgery 
  • Continuing to brush your teeth, but not brushing directly over the implant site

Dealing with Dental Implant Complications? Reach Out Today

If you’ve recently gotten a dental implant at SouthEnd Dentistry or any other practice and are dealing with complications, we are here to help.

If you’re experiencing severe bleeding or high levels of pain, call us at (704) 335-8266 right away for an emergency dental appointment.

 For a regular consultation, you can schedule your visit to SouthEnd Dentistry online.

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