After dental implant surgery, it is normal to experience side effects as part of your recovery process. There are a variety of common side effects to keep in mind so you can be prepared after your procedure.

At South Hills Dental Arts, we’ve put together a list of some of the most common dental implant surgery side effects and how you can manage them for the best experience possible.

Dental Implant Surgery Side Effects and How to Alleviate Them
Minor Bleeding

You may notice a little bit of blood coming from your incision areas in your saliva. Minor bleeding is normal and should no longer be a problem within a few days. Minimize bleeding by avoiding any strenuous physical activity and focus on resting.


A little bit of pain and discomfort after your dental implant surgery is completely natural. It will likely be the most noticeable the first day after surgery and will dissipate as you heal. We encourage our patients to use their prescribed painkillers as directed to help manage pain. As the pain lessens, you can use over-the-counter medications to relieve symptoms.

Gum Discoloration

Discoloration and bruising around the gums are normal and should fade within a few days. The discoloration should not be an issue after two weeks. Keep an eye on it to make sure the coloration improves.

Sensitive Teeth and Gums

The area where your dental implants were placed will be tender in the gum tissue, bone, and surrounding teeth and will lessen as the tissue heals. Eat and drink lukewarm beverages and food and try to avoid spicy foods and foods with crumbs, which can irritate the suture and incision areas.

Gum Swelling

For most surgical procedures, it is common to experience swelling in your gum tissue for about two weeks. After two weeks, the swelling should have gone down.

Mild Facial Swelling

You can expect post-op swelling around the area of the face where your surgery was performed. This can last for about a week or two weeks. Apply a cold compress covered in a towel to the swelling and leave it on for 15-to-20-minute intervals with 15 to 20-minute breaks.

What Do I Do If I Have an Emergency?

If your side effects persist or continue to worsen, contact South Hills Dental Arts to have your issue addressed as soon as possible to avoid any serious complications.

Have Questions About Dental Implants?

If you would like to learn more about dental implants, contact South Hills Dental Arts today to learn more!