Bleeding After Dental Implants: What’s Normal & How To Handle It

If you’ve recently gotten dental implants in Vienna, Tysons Corner, or McLean, or you’re interested in this treatment at the office of Dr. Priti Naik, you may be wondering what to expect after surgery. For example, will your mouth bleed? What’s normal? How can you handle and manage bleeding?

These are all good questions, so get the answers you need in this blog. We’ll discuss what you can expect, and give you some tips on how to properly care for your dental implant after surgery and minimize bleeding.

Bleeding Is Normal Right After Your Surgery

Dental implant surgery involves creating an opening in your gum tissue, so it’s normal for the affected tissue to bleed after your treatment. However, bleeding is usually not as severe as other types of oral surgeries, like tooth extractions.

After your surgery, Dr. Priti Naik will send you home with a gauze pack. Bite down on this pack to keep pressure on the implant site, and blood clots will form. Bleeding should mostly slow and stop within a few hours. As long as you take good care of your mouth after treatment, serious bleeding is unlikely to recur. 

Intermittent Bleeding Or Pink-Tinged Saliva Is Normal For 24-48 Hours

While you should not be bleeding heavily after about a day, you may still notice some intermittent bleeding or pink-tinged saliva when brushing. This is normal. A small amount of oozing blood is nothing to worry about.

However, this should mostly be resolved after 48 hours. After this time, you should experience no serious bleeding. If you do, you should contact Dr. Priti Naik for a follow-up consultation, as this is not normal. 

How Can I Control Bleeding After My Dental Implant Is Placed?

Want to make sure you keep bleeding under control after your surgery? Here are a few tips to follow. Make sure to follow all of the other recovery instructions provided to you by Dr. Naik, too. 

  • Don’t mess with the implant site – Don’t poke the site with your finger or tongue. Do not brush it directly for a few days, either. This could irritate the area and cause it to bleed.
  • Avoid vigorous spitting and rinsing – Vigorous spitting and rinsing could dislodge your blood clots and cause bleeding. While you should rinse to keep the implant clean until you can brush it, do so gently. Don’t spit forcefully. Let the liquid drip out of your mouth instead.
  • Eat the right diet – Eat mostly soft foods for at least a week. Avoid hard, crunchy, and tough foods that could poke your implant site or leave small particles that could get lodged near the implant site.
  • Avoid exercise and exertion – Exercising increases blood flow, and can worsen bleeding. Take things easy for 2-3 days after your surgery to ensure you avoid this. 

Interested In Dental Implants? Get Started With Dr. Priti Naik Today! 

Dr. Priti Naik is an experienced implant dentist in Tysons Corner, Vienna, and Mclean. If you’d like to permanently replace your missing teeth, she’s here to help. Contact us online or give us a call at (703) 288-1800 to schedule a consultation, and see if dental implants are right for you.

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