What Are the Side Effects of Dental Implants?
When tooth loss occurs, it can affect our patients' quality of life by making it difficult to eat and impacting their self-esteem. Fortunately, dental implants offer a permanent solution to replace missing teeth and boost your confidence.
As with any surgery, there are some side effects to be expected after the dental implant procedure. At Boston Prosthodontics Dental Group, our team of dentists prepare patients by thoroughly explaining possible dental implant side effects. If you live in or around Boston, MA, and would like more information about dental implants, we welcome you to schedule a consultation. In the meantime, let's take a closer look at four of the most common dental implant side effects.
Pain is one of the most common side effects after dental implant surgery. This is because dental implant surgery includes making an incision in the gums, creating a small hole into the jaw, and then essentially screwing the dental implant into place within the bone.
Although we provide sedation throughout the procedure at Boston Prosthodontics Dental Group, patients may feel some pain or discomfort during the initial recovery and as the tissues heal from being manipulated during surgery.
Fortunately, most patients are able to manage their pain by taking pain medication either prescribed after surgery or an over-the-counter medication approved by their doctor.
It's normal for some bleeding to occur after dental implant surgery. Immediately after surgery, gauze is placed over the implant incision site and patients are typically instructed to apply pressure by gently biting down until steady bleeding stops.
Some of our patients may notice mild bleeding for a few days after surgery. If bleeding does not stop or becomes worse, patients should seek medical attention.
Swelling is another common side effect after dental implant surgery. The amount of swelling each patient experiences depends on personal inflammatory response combined with the number of implants placed. Those who have multiple implants placed may experience more swelling than someone who only gets one dental implant.
After dental implant surgery, it's common to see some swelling in the gums around the implant site. The cheeks and jaw may also become swollen. Applying an ice pack to the cheek or jaw for about 15 minutes at a time for the first 48 hours after surgery can help reduce swelling and ease discomfort. If swelling becomes worse, it could be a sign of infection and should be treated by a doctor immediately.
Bruising is another possible side effect of dental implant surgery. Not everyone will develop bruising and those who do may only notice a slight bruise at the cheeks or jawline, near the dental implant site.
Bruising can take several days to appear but is usually gone within a week or two after surgery. Applying ice to the side of the face may help reduce the appearance of bruising by causing the blood vessels to constrict.
Learn More about Dental Implants
If you have questions about dental implant side effects or would like to find out if dental implants are right for you, please call (617) 523-5451. You can also submit questions or schedule a consultation online at Boston Prosthodontics Dental Group.