Dental Implants Post Op Instructions


Preferably cool liquids/ very soft foods should be taken on the day of surgery. A mild temperature nutritionally balanced, soft diet should be adhered to during the first two weeks. This will prevent food particles, which could cause infection, from entering the surgical site. After the first two weeks a progression to soft food will be discussed.


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 gauze pack for 30 minutes. If this does not stop the bleeding, please contact the 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 more that mild discomfort, you may take the medication every two-three hours as necessary. If this is not sufficient, please contact our office.


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.


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.