Dental Implants Post Op Instructions


Begin the first day with cool liquids, building up to soft foods at the end of the day. After the first day, eating a relatively normal diet is fine, but be careful of the surgical site and DO NOT chew hard or crunchy food near it. If you had multiple implants placed throughout your mouth, you may need to follow a stricter soft diet for several weeks. 


Some oozing of blood may be expected from the surgical site for the first few hours. Your saliva may be tinged with blood for the remainder of the day. If bleeding becomes persistent, apply direct pressure with a clean, moistened gauze pack for 30 minutes. Do not chew on the gauze. If this does not control the bleeding, contact our office.


Swelling can be minimized by keeping your head elevated, using two pillows when lying down and using ice packs over the surgical areas at twenty minute intervals during the first twenty-four hours.


Your jaw and lip will remain numb for approximately six hours. You should begin taking the medication prescribed for discomfort while you are still numb to prevent the onset of pain. If you should begin to experience mild discomfort you can take Advil or Ibuprofen every 4-6 hours. A narcotic pain medication may have been prescribed for you if you are expected to experience more than moderate discomfort. Take the antibiotic and oral rinse as directed.


A slight elevation in temperature is common on the evening of the surgery. However it should not exceed 101 degrees. If this occurs, please contact our office.


Infections may occur a day or even several days following surgery. A sudden increase in swelling, throbbing pain, high fever and /or a foul taste drainage may indicate infection. If you suspect an infection, please contact our office as soon as possible.


Bleeding into the tissue around the jaws results in purplish bruises a few days following surgery. Do not be alarmed. Some patients have more bruising than others. These areas will become yellow as they move toward the neck and shoulders a week later.


Smoking should be avoided. However, if it is not possible to quit smoking completely, try to severely limit your smoking during the first two weeks. Alcoholic beverages should also be avoided for this time period. Excessive smoking and alcohol consumption will affect healing. Smoking DOES increase the failure rate of implants. 


Commercial mouthwashes or other disinfectants should be avoided during the first two weeks. To clean surgical areas, you may rinse your mouth with Peridex Mouth Rinse three times a day after each meal. Vigorous rinsing should be avoided. For areas unaffected by the surgical procedure, you should continue you normal hygiene, which would include brushing and flossing.


Your denture or partial should NOT be worn until it has been properly adjusted. The time you will be instructed to refrain from wearing your denture will be determined by the surgeon, and will vary from patient to patient. The success of your implants will depend on your compliance with this. Whenever dentures or partials are worn, they must be worn for appearance only, not eating or chewing. Chewing will cause implant loss.

HYGIENE:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Hygiene is VERY, VERY important. You MUST keep the surgical site clean. The implant, if it is exposed, must be brushed with a soft toothbrush to keep it clean.