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Bleeding After Dental Implants: What’s Normal?

Bleeding After Dental Implants: What’s Normal?

Bleeding After Dental Implants: What’s Normal?

A dental implant is a rather common procedure in the field of dentistry, but it is still considered a rather major one. As a result, it’s not uncommon to experience some bleeding or even a blood clot right after your surgery.

In fact, these are normal, and your surgeon will give you at-home care instructions on how to properly manage them.

How Much Bleeding Can You Expect After a Dental Implant?

Bleeding is perfectly normal for around 24 hours after your surgery and is generally no cause for alarm. Your dentist in Atlanta will usually apply gauze to the implant site which will absorb the blood, and as you bite down on this gauze, you will create pressure which helps lead to a blood clot forming.

You may need to change the gauze a few times, maybe even every 2 hours or so if you notice it is completely soaked in blood. As the day goes on, you will likely notice the bleeding slowing down or even stopping.

Some people also experience what’s known as "intermittent bleeding," which could appear near the implant site, or in your saliva. This is also completely normal, and as long as you don’t see significant bleeding, your implant is healing.

Tips to Take Care of Your Implant After Surgery

You can help reduce the bleeding and ensure the area heals properly by following these tips below.

  • Rest - Don’t strain yourself right after your implant surgery. If you play sports or are usually very active, it’s best to take a few days off and give your implant a bit more time to heal. You can also rest with your head elevated to help reduce bleeding.

  • Don't Touch the Implanted Site - This means not brushing the area, chewing on the side of the implant, but also resisting the temptation to "feel" the implant with your tongue. This can affect the blood clot formation and lead to a lot of bleeding as a result.

  • Avoid Hot Foods - Hot foods and drinks can stimulate blood flow, which is not a good idea when you want to reduce bleeding. Stick to cold or room temperature foods for 1-2 days.

  • Eat Soft Foods - Hard foods require more chewing, which can put unnecessary pressure on the implant site. What’s more, hard food particles can always make their way to this area even if you’re chewing on the other side, and can cause irritation and even pain.

Note that if you are experiencing severe bleeding, you need to call your dentist for an emergency consultation right away.

Interested in a Dental Implant?

If you want to restore the health and look of your smile and are interested in a dental implant, we at Goldstein Garber & Salama can help you. Our practice offers FREE dental implant consultations.

Book an appointment at our practice today and find out if dental implants are right for you and your smile!

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