Post-Operative Instructions for Dental Implants

After the placement of dental implants, your goal is not to disrupt the healing process in any way. You should avoid everything that could interfere with healing, especially in the days immediately following the surgery. For example, you shouldn’t touch the wound, spit, or rinse your mouth. You’ll notice a metal healing abutment sticking out of your gums at the site of the surgery.

How long does the bleeding last?

Bleeding will typically go on for about a day. If there’s too much blood, you can place a gauze pad on the wound and bite on it for about half an hour. If this doesn’t stop the bleeding, please contact us for additional assistance.

Will I be swollen?

You can expect some swelling in the days following the procedure. To help it subside, you can hold an ice-filled towel or ice bag to your face. The longer you hold it there, the higher the chances of the swelling going down sooner.

What should I eat after the surgery?

On the day of your procedure, stick to soft foods, like yogurt, soup, and mashed potatoes. You should also stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, especially water. If your doctor doesn’t tell you otherwise, you can go back to your usual diet as soon as you feel up to it.

Will I feel any discomfort?

Once you feel your anesthetic starting to wear off, you can start taking pain medication. If your pain is moderate, take 1 or 2 Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol every 3-4 hours. Another option is Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin), which you can take in 2-3 tablet doses every 3-4 hours. If your pain is intense, you should reach out to your doctor.

Should I take any antibiotics?

Your doctor will prescribe antibiotics to protect you against infection.

How do I maintain oral hygiene during healing?

Excellent oral hygiene will help your recovery. Before going to bed prior to the procedure, use the Peridex Oral Rinse that your doctor prescribed you. Following the procedure, use the same rinse two times a day, after having breakfast and before going to bed. Use it as instructed.
You should also rinse your mouth with warm salt water 4-5 times a day. You can make it by adding a teaspoon of salt to a cup of warm water. You can also brush your teeth normally, but try not to do it too vigorously.

How soon can I return to normal activities?

Rest after the surgery and don’t exert yourself too much. When you start working out, start out slow. If you feel throbbing or bleeding during exercise, take a break.

Can I wear my prosthesis?

You should use your partial dentures, flippers, or full dentures for at least 10 days after your procedure.