Rarely would a patient think that he or she would have complications after a dental procedure. Medical science has prevented many causes of infection and surgical complication, so many patients go home without thinking twice about their oral surgery. And when complications begin, patients may misinterpret what is happening. If you're considering implant surgery, there are signs and symptoms you should be aware of for post-op health.
Excessive Bleeding around the Implants
You should expect some bleeding around the areas where the implants were placed. However, excessive bleeding and/or bleeding that does not stop after a few hours is not normal or natural. When you experience this, you absolutely have to return to the dentist to have your implants examined.
Inflammation and Swelling That Does Not Go Down
Sometimes patients develop an allergic reaction to the metal alloys in the implant screws. It is rare, but it does happen. When the patient experiences an allergic reaction, the gum tissue will swell, becoming inflamed, and be overly warm and red to the touch. More pain, irritation and infection could ensue if you do not have the implants removed. Your dentist will need to look at the inflamed gums and see if there is an alternative to performing immediate surgery to remove the implants.
Loose Implants Post-op
Under no circumstances should your dental implants be loose right after surgery. If they are, they were either put in incorrectly, or something else is amiss. In this case, you can either return to the dentist that put the implants in, or you can get a second look by another qualified dental surgeon. Either way, it is an emergency situation. You do not want to risk swallowing your implants or causing more damage to your gums.
Fever and Loss of Appetite
If you ignore any of the above symptoms, you could progress to more severe symptoms within a week. Fever is a sure sign that your gums may not be adjusting well to the implants and that you may already have an infection. Loss of appetite is sure to follow, since your mouth will be too sore to chew or eat. By this time, it is imperative that you pay attention to what your body is telling you and see your dentist right away.
Discussing Your Concerns with Your Dentist Prior to Surgery
While almost all dental implant surgeries are safe and complication-free, you can abate your concerns by discussing them with your dental surgeon. He or she will be able to tell if you are not a good candidate for implants and will not proceed with the surgery if there is any chance you could suffer complications. There is always a risk with any surgery, but if the risk is greater than the benefits, a dental surgeon or doctor would not do the surgery.