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. Sometimes there will be a metal healing abutment protruding through the gingival (gum) tissue, avoid disturbing this apparatus. 


Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours. Excessive bleeding (characterized by your mouth filling rapidly with blood) can be controlled by biting on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues profusely, please call the office for further instructions.


Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling apply an ice pack, or a plastic bag or towel filled with ice, on the cheek in the area of surgery. Apply the ice as much as possible, for the first 36 hours, rotating on for 20 minutes, off for 20 minutes.


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.


You should begin taking pain medication as soon as you get something to eat.

For moderate pain, we recommend taking Tylenol and Ibuprofen at the same time to start and then alternating between the two. 1-2 tablets of Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol may be taken every 6 hours. Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) bought over the counter comes in 200 mg tablets: 3-4 tablets may be taken every 6 hours, not to exceed 3200 mg daily for an adult. Consult our practice or your pharmacy for individuals under 18. 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. Avoid alcoholic beverages. Pain or discomfort can be at peak 2-3 days following surgery but should then subside more and more every day. If pain persists, it may require attention and you should call the office.


If antibiotics are prescribed, be sure to take them as directed to help prevent infection.

Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. The night of surgery, use the prescribed Oral Rinse before bed. The day after surgery, the Oral Rinse should be used twice daily; after breakfast and before bed. Be sure to rinse for at least 30 seconds then tip your head and let the liquid fall out; no spitting or swishing should occur. Warm salt water rinses (one teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) should be used at least 4-5 times a day as well, especially after meals. Brush your teeth and the healing abutments. Be gentle initially while brushing the surgical areas.


Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery. If you exercise, throbbing or bleeding may occur. If this occurs, you should discontinue exercising. Keep in mind that you are probably not taking in normal nourishment. This may weaken you and further limit your ability to exercise.

Wearing your Prosthesis

Partial dentures, flippers, or full dentures, will be placed immediately after surgery. It is up to patient and their pain indication to determine if they continue to wear prosthesis. Placement of an immediate denture is to be left in for 24 hours or until they visit their general dentist. Post-operative instructions regarding prosthesis wear will be discussed in the pre-operative consultation and should be followed as directed.