Post-Operative Instructions: Dental Implants

Post-Operative Instructions: Dental Implants

This page will cover important information regarding proper post-surgical care for dental implants. It is imperative that you follow the instructions listed below carefully to maximize your healing and improve the long-term outcome of your dental implant surgery.

  • Do not disturb the wound. Avoid spitting or touching the wound for a few days after surgery. There may be a metal stump slightly protruding through the gum tissue.
  • Some mild bleeding/oozing is normal for 24 hours. You can control excessive bleeding (where your mouth fills up rapidly with blood) by biting on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30–45 minutes. If bleeding continues, 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 off and on, as much as possible, for the first 36 hours.
  • Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or food. Soft food and liquids can be consumed on the day of surgery. You may gradually return to a normal diet as tolerated 3–5 days after surgery unless otherwise directed.
  • Warm saltwater rinses can be made by mixing a ½ teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water and should be used at least 3–4 times a day, especially after meals. If you were given a prescription mouth rinse, use it as directed in addition to the salt water.
  • Brushing your teeth is important to decrease the risk of infection. Be very careful with brushing around surgical site(s) until the gum tissue is fully healed.
  • Keep physical activities to a minimum for several days following surgery. Avoid bending over, heavy lifting, or strain. Keep in mind that you are probably not taking normal nourishment. This may weaken you and further limit your ability to exercise.