Managing Bleeding after Surgery
It’s normal to experience bleeding after your dental implant surgery. Depending on the results of your procedure, you may have gauze packed on a stitched up surgical site, a healing abutment, or a fully functional crown or bridge. With All-on-4 implant dentures, almost everyone gets a full bridge immediately after surgery.
Whatever the result of your surgery, you might see bleeding for up to several hours after surgery. If the surgical site is accessible, apply gentle pressure with gauze or a wet tea bag to control bleeding. Stop putting pressure on the wound after the first few hours to avoid dislodging blood clots necessary for healing. You might notice pink or bloody saliva for up to a day after surgery.
If you have them, don’t mess with sutures. These will probably dissolve on their own, but if not, your implant dentist will set up a time to remove your sutures.
Swelling is also a normal part of the healing process. Expect that you will see some swelling and/or bruising that will worsen for the first few days after the procedure. If you want to reduce swelling and bruising, apply an ice pack to the cheek near the surgical site, removing it after 20 minutes. Rest for 20 minutes before applying the ice pack again.