Is Bleeding After Dental Implants Normal?

Whether you’ve already gotten dental implants in Lexington or you’re interested in dental implant treatment from the team at Carolina Pines Dentistry, you may be wondering what to expect after surgery. Will your mouth bleed? How much bleeding is normal? Should you be concerned? We’ll answer all of these questions and more in this blog.

Bleeding Is Normal Right After Your Surgery

Dental implant surgery involves creating an opening in your gums and jaw bone, so some bleeding is normal. Immediately after your surgery, your dentist will place a gauze pack over your surgical site. You will bite down on this gauze pack to slow down the flow of blood. Usually, blood flow will slow down and mostly stop after about an hour. At this time, you can eat your first meal. 

What To Expect In The Days Following Your Surgery – What’s Normal? 

Bleeding is normal right after your surgery. You can also expect some light, intermittent bleeding near the implant site for a few days after your surgery. A small amount of oozing blood is nothing to worry about, and pink-tinged saliva is normal, too.

However, your mouth should not be bleeding heavily. If your mouth continues to bleed heavily and frequently after a day or two, you should contact the team at Carolina Pines Dentistry for a follow-up.

Our Tips For Controlling Bleeding After Dental Implants Are Placed

If you want to avoid bleeding near your implant site, there are a few steps you can take to reduce bleeding as you heal and recover.

  • Don’t brush the area for a few days – Even if you brush gently, brushing the surgical area near your sutures can irritate your implant site and cause it to bleed. You can brush the rest of your mouth normally, but you should use a prescription mouth rinse or salt water rinse to clean your implant site for the first few days.

  • Eat liquid or very soft foods after treatment – Chewing, especially chewing hard, sharp, or crunchy foods, can irritate or even damage your implant site as you recover. For this reason, you should make sure that you eat a diet of soft or liquid food. You can usually start incorporating firmer foods back into your diet after 3-7 days.

  • Keep your head elevated – Elevating your head after surgery can help reduce bleeding, so if you lay down, make sure that your head stays elevated over your heart. This is especially helpful immediately after your surgery.

  • Don’t exercise or exert heavily for a few days – Heavy exercise and exertion can increase your heart rate and may also temporarily increase your blood pressure, which can lead to more bleeding. We recommend avoiding heavy exercise and exertion in general for 2-3 days after your appointment.

Learn More About Dental Implants In Lexington – Contact Carolina Pines Dentistry!

Dental implants are the best long-term solution for tooth loss. If you’re interested in Lexington dental implants and you’re not sure if they're right for you, the team at Carolina Pines Dentistry is here to help. You can contact us online or give us a call at (336) 248-5057 to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists

During your implant consultation, your dentist will explain the basics about dental implants and how they work, conduct an oral exam, and determine if you’re a good candidate for tooth replacement with dental implants. Get in touch today, and take the first steps toward the smile you deserve in Lexington, NC.

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