After Placement of Dental Implants

Home Instructions After Dental Implant Surgery

After dental implant surgery, do not disturb the wound. Avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the wound on the day of surgery. There may be a metal healing abutment protruding through the gingival (gum) tissue. This is normal and sometimes placed at the time of the dental implant. 

Bleeding

Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for the first 12-24 hours. Bleeding can be controlled by biting on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues profusely, please call for further instructions.

Swelling

Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling apply an ice bag, or a plastic bag or towel filled with ice, on the cheek in the area of surgery. Apply the ice continuously 20-30 min on then off for another 30 min, for the first 24 hours.

Diet

Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or food. Soft food and liquids should be eaten on the day of surgery. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible unless otherwise directed.

Pain

You should begin taking pain medication as soon as you feel the local anesthetic wearing off. For moderate pain, Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) may be taken. Ibuprofen bought over the counter comes in 200 mg tablets: Please refer to the bottle on recommended dosage. 

For severe pain, the prescribed medication should be taken as directed. Do not take any of the above medication if you are allergic to them, or have been instructed by your doctor not to take it. Do not drive an automobile or work around machinery if taking your prescription pain medication. Avoid alcoholic beverages. Pain or discomfort following surgery should subside more and more every day. If pain persists after several days without subsiding then please call the office.

Antibiotics

If you were prescribed antibiotics please take them as directed and complete the entire course. 

Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. Brush your teeth and the healing abutment if present. Be gentle initially while brushing the surgical areas for the first several days. 

Activity

Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery for the next several days. 

Wearing your Prosthesis

Partial dentures, flippers, or full dentures, should be worn as directed by your surgeon. If you have any questions please call us.