Dental implants are an effective way to restore your smile and prevent your teeth from shifting over to fill empty spaces. As with any surgery, success depends largely on how you take care of yourself during healing. You should report signs of infection to your dentist, such as excessive bleeding or swelling at the site after healing has begun. Infections can cause serious complications, including tooth pain, receding gums, bone destruction, and the loss of your implant. With proper care, your implant should heal quickly, leaving you free to enjoy the benefits of your new tooth.