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What To Do If Your Dental Implant Bleeds During Recovery

Having a dental implant installed in your jawbone is a big medical procedure. You'll need to spend a few days recovering from the surgical procedure, and there is always the potential for complications to happen afterward. Here is what you need to do if you notice the surgical site of the dental implant is bleeding.

Apply Steady Pressure

You will likely have gauze placed directly over the implant surgical site after the procedure, which will help reduce bleeding and inflammation. Unfortunately, many patients remove the compress early, and as a result, the area bleeds. You'll be told to wait for one or two hours before removing the gauze, but your implant may need more time with the compression on the surgical site.

It's a good idea to have extra gauze on hand to help deal with bleeding. You want to use distilled water to wet your sterile gauze, which should help reduce the possibility of impurities finding their way into the surgical site. If you don't have distilled water, try using bottled water instead. Place the gauze over the implants and gently bite down on it for 30 to 60 minutes.

Pressure should be constant and steady. A good rule to follow is to avoid biting down too hard where you can't maintain the pressure over time. You should also avoid checking on the surgical site to see if it is still bleeding. Just leave the gauze on the implant, and the bleeding should stop naturally.

Another trick is to wet the gauze and briefly put it into your freezer. The cold temperatures should help soothe the tissue that is irritated and slow down the bleeding.

Use Tea Bags

Another trick to stop bleeding is to use tea bags. Just make sure the bags contain black tea that has caffeine since decaf or herbal tea won't work. The caffeine is capable of constricting blood vessels which will slow down the bleeding. This helps a blog clot form and stop the bleeding entirely. Tea also works well because it has tannic acid in it, which helps the clotting process. The tannins are also known to reduce any inflammation in the area and reduce the chance of infection due to having antibacterial properties.

If you are having difficulties with getting the bleeding to stop, reach out to your dentist for advice. They will let you know if it a problem to be concerned about or if you should keep trying with these techniques after your dental implant procedure.