Bleeding After Dental Implants: What's Normal?

If you need to get a dental implant, you likely have a lot of questions about the procedure and its aftercare. Understanding what the procedure involves is extremely important to ensure the gum and bone heal properly, allowing you to move forward with the procedure and get the dental crown attached to the implant.

The first stage of the implant process involves having a titanium post placed directly into your jaw to replace the missing tooth. The healing process can last as long as a few months, and you will have to take a few precautions to ensure you don’t disturb the site, especially in the first few days.

Some bleeding can be expected around the dental implant site. But how much?

Why Do You Bleed After a Dental Implant, and How Much Should You Expect?

Getting implants is a rather serious procedure, so it’s normal to experience some discomfort and slight bleeding the first few days after the procedure until the gums can heal around the implant and close the site fully.

As a result, you will likely see traces of blood around the implant site, or even notice a slightly pinkish hue in your saliva. But, the bleeding usually goes away in a few days as the gums start healing.

Bleeding can also be caused if you disrupt the site. For instance, your dental surgeon will recommend not brushing directly over the site with a toothbrush, and to eat on the other side of your mouth right after getting the procedure. But if you accidentally poke the site with food or a toothbrush some bleeding may occur. 

What If Bleeding Doesn’t Stop?

The first day after your surgery, you can bite down on gauze to control the bleeding, which will usually start to subside in a few hours. If your bleeding is mild, just monitor the site for a few days, since in most cases you’ll notice it progressively disappearing as the gums are healing.

However, if the bleeding doesn’t stop, or you notice you are bleeding more and more, contact your dentist right away for an immediate consultation to get the implant looked at. This can be a sign of infection or another type of damage that could interfere with the implant healing process.

Thinking About Dental Implants? Come to Oakbrook Dental

If you have missing teeth and are thinking about getting implants to restore the full function and beauty of your smile, the Oakbrook Dental team is here to help you make the right decisions. There are many ways to address missing teeth and regain your confidence in your appearance, and our team is ready to help you see if implants are right for you!

Schedule an implant consultation with Dr. Patel now to find out more about our services and see how we can help you get the smile you truly deserve!