Tooth loss can have a severe impact on both your oral and mental health. Fortunately, nowadays you can restore your smile and get a dental implant in just one day.
If you've just received a dental implant or you are about to get one, you may wonder what to expect of the healing process, what symptoms are normal, and when you should check in with your dentists.
For example, it's normal to expect some bleeding after a dental implant. Here's why it happens, how much bleeding is normal, and when you should be concerned.
Bleeding After Dental Implants: What's Normal
Bleeding after dental implants is quite normal as your dentist has just performed surgery on your gums. A blood clot will form over the incision as a result, and you should experience less bleeding once this happens.
You will notice some bleeding even 24 hours after the procedure, such as intermittent bleeding or pink-tinged saliva after brushing your teeth.
This bleeding should stop after 48 hours.
However, persistent bleeding that occurs days or weeks after the dental implant procedure can be an alarming sign that requires the attention of a dentist.
What Causes Bleeding After Dental Implants
There are two main reasons for bleeding at the dental implant site:
When the soft tissue around the implant is affected this causes mucositis.
Mucositis is a reversible medical problem, frequently caused by:
- An excess of cement from the crown placement
- Poor oral hygiene
Peri-implantitis is the result of mucositis that has not been treated in time by a specialist and has evolved negatively.
Unfortunately, peri-implantitis is much more severe and problematic than mucositis.
This advanced disease affects both the soft tissue around the implant, as well as the bone tissue, and is caused by:
- A genetic predisposition to this condition
- Inadequate oral hygiene
- The excessive force exerted when the person bites
- A history of periodontitis
This medical condition is usually associated with an infection.
How To Tell If There's a Problem
Although the symptoms of these two dental conditions are quite easily recognizable, some patients do not feel any pain, despite the presence of mucositis and peri-implantitis.
Mucositis may have the following symptoms:
- The soft tissue around the implant is inflamed and has a red color
- There is bleeding around the implant site
The symptoms of peri-implantitis also include:
- Bone loss around the implant
- Probing depth greater than 5 to 6 millimeters
- Bleeding after probing
Although mucositis is not considered an infection, peri-implantitis is, and its signs are:
- Pain during when chewing
- Bad breath
- Bleeding or pus around the implant
- Loose implant
Any dental infection should be treated immediately by a specialist to avoid damage to the implant and the appearance of new medical problems.
Get a New Healthy Smile with One Day Implants
One day! This is how long it can take to transform your smile. But, just because we can do the procedure in one day, it doesn't mean that we hurry through the process. In fact, we thoroughly evaluate your oral health to make sure that you’re a good candidate for implants, and will follow up closely after the procedure. Your oral health is our main concern and we do everything to make sure that you will get not only a beautiful smile, but a healthy one too.
Contact us now if you want to book your appointment or learn more about our services.