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Bleeding After Dental Implants: What’s Normal?

There are two main reasons why patients at Eastside Family Dentistry come to get dental implants: damaged teeth and complete tooth loss. Surprisingly, the second one is far more common. Tooth loss happens to two-thirds of adults aged 35 to 44, according to information from the Foundation for Oral Rehabilitation.

After dental surgery, our patients often have many questions. How long will the recovery take? What can they eat? Will there be any discomfort? However, the biggest question following an implant procedure actually concerns bleeding. Finding some blood after dental implants is nothing unusual, but if your bleeding does not stop, is there any reason to worry?

What Can Cause Bleeding Around Implants

Bleeding around an implant is caused by one of two things: peri-implantitis and mucositis. The latter is a fairly serious condition that affects the soft tissue around the implant. It may be caused by bacteria, poor crown placement, and/or a lack of oral hygiene.

If not treated right, mucositis can cause peri-implantitis, which is far more destructive and severe. This form of gum disease affects both the soft tissue and bone around the implant.

What can cause peri-implantitis? Several things, including lack of oral hygiene, smoking cigarettes, and a long history of periodontitis. Genetics also plays a huge factor. If multiple people in your family have had peri-implantitis in the past, you can develop it too. 

Mucositis and Peri-Implantitis

Patients with bleeding implants often experience additional symptoms that make diagnosis easy. However, in some cases, the patient will not experience any pain and may not even know they have these conditions.

Mucositis and peri-implantitis have similar symptoms. Mucositis is characterized by swollen, bleeding tissue that surrounds the implant while peri-implantitis also includes inflamed tissue all around the implant.

A difference between the two is that peri-implantitis is an infection, while mucositis isn’t. How do you know whether you have an infection or not? Clear signs of an infection include severe bleeding from the gums, pus around your implants, constant bad breath, and loose implants.

Treating an Infection After Dental Implants

Taking too much time to treat implant bleeding can result in more serious consequences. If you fail to visit a dentist, peri-implantitis will occur and eventually lead to teeth being lost prematurely. The first step you need to take is to make an appointment with a dentist, who will examine and take x-rays of your mouth to determine what caused the bleeding in the first place.

A dentist will diagnose mucositis by looking for dental cement that might have stuck to the tissue. If this is the case, they can remove it. If it turns out that you don’t have an infection, you can simply brush your teeth and use floss or a water flosser for effective treatment. To properly care for an implant, brush your teeth both at home and using dental floss.

Contact Eastside Family Dentistry Professionals Today

If you have any questions concerning post-dental-implant care or if you’re worried about bleeding out of your gums too much, don’t be afraid to contact the Eastside Family Dentistry office. You can reach Dr. Alexandra Cristescu by contacting the office online or by calling at (425) 391-9200.

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