Managing Bleeding and Swelling
It’s normal for you to have some bleeding after your implant surgery. Bleeding may persist for several hours after surgery, and you might notice bloody or slightly pink saliva for a full day after surgery.
If you have gauze packed onto the wound, change it if it becomes saturated. This is more common if you have a healing abutment or your implant is under your gums. With a provisional restoration, Dr. Siegel and his staff might not pack gauze around them. Stop using the gauze after a few hours to encourage the formation of blood clots at the surgical site.
You may have sutures at the surgical site, especially if you don’t have a provisional restoration. Do not touch or disturb the sutures. These are most likely soluble sutures, but if they’re not, Dr. Siegel will let you know when you will need to have them removed. It will probably be at one of your regular follow-up appointments, so it won’t take extra time.
Swelling is a normal part of the healing process. However, to keep it under control, you can use an ice pack. Apply the ice pack to your cheek near the surgery site. Follow a 20-minutes-on, 20-minutes-off schedule for best results.