How to Tell You're Having Complications From Dental Implant Surgery

25 February 2021
 Categories: Dentist, Blog


When you undergo any type of surgery, you may experience some complications afterward. If you have had to have a tooth pulled due to whatever reason, your dentist may recommend oral surgery to give you dental implants. During the first step of this surgery, your dentists will make a small incision into your gums and then drill a hole into the bone. Once there is a hole, your dentist will then insert a metal rod which will essentially act as an anchor later on for a dental crown; giving you back your ability to chew and function like normal. 

Although rare, there is a chance that you might suffer from some sort of oral complication after surgery like an infection. 

1. Excessive Swelling

Having a little bit of swelling around your jawline is normal after you have dental implant surgery done, but excessive swelling is a cause for concern. If you notice that the inflammation is worsening, then this may be a sign that there is an infection. Try taking an anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen to see if you can combat the swelling, but if that doesn't work then it's time to call your dentist. 

2. Bleeding

A little bit of blood in your mouth is normal after an implant and you may need to clean around the incision site with a cotton swab right after you have surgery. However, you shouldn't have any sort of incessant bleeding. To help stop the bleeding, firmly apply a cotton swab on the area and see if that helps. If bleeding persists for a couple of days or if the bleeding gets much worse, then you may have an infection. 

3. Fever

During the winter months, getting a slight fever with a cold or virus is common, but if you catch a fever right after your implant surgery then it may be a sign of an infection. Call your doctor if you start running a fever and see if you can get rid of it with an over-the-counter drug like ibuprofen. If left untreated, an oral infection can spread throughout your body and cause more severe damage. If you notice any of the symptoms listed in this article, then you should call your dentist right away. 

If you notice any of the signs or symptoms that are listed in this article, reach out to dental implant surgery services. They'll be able to sort through and address your concerns.