Implant Post Op


  1. DO NOT SMOKE FOR 1 WEEK. Smoking may cause wound breakdown and slow healing and implant failure.
  2. Remove gauze when you get home.
  3. BLEEDING – Bite on gauze with gentle pressure for 10 minutes, then re-check problem area. If bleeding continues place fresh gauze in the area and hold in place with gentle pressure with your finger for 10 minutes. Repeat if necessary.
  4. DRY LIPS – Use Vaseline or any bland ointment three times daily if necessary.
  5. SUTURES – Dissolvable sutures were placed. They will dissolve in 5-10 days.
  6. PAIN – Take medications as directed. We recommend having something to eat before taking pain medication – nausea may occur if taken on an empty stomach. Overexertion for the first 2-3 days may cause throbbing pain as       well as bleeding. Take it easy.
  7. DIET – Do not drink through a straw for the first 24 hours. For the first day or two we recommend a soft food diet. Example: milk, malted milk, soups, fruit juices, yogurt, Jello, etc. as tolerated. Avoid extremely hot foods as discomfort, bleeding, and swelling may result. Do not chew where implant is placed.
  8. TO PREVENT SWELLING – Following your oral surgery, apply a cold pack to your jaw for 20 minutes, then remove for 20 minutes. Do this as frequently as possible for the next 24 hours. We strongly suggest elevating          the head by resting in a reclining chair or placing 2 pillows under the head during sleeping and waking hours.
  9. MOUTHWASH – Do not rinse the mouth for the first 24 hours after surgery. After that time, rinse gently with diluted mouthwash, salt water, or tap water to aid in healing. Do not swish vigorously, as you may disturb the blood clot which is vital to healing. If possible, the mouth should be rinsed four to six times a day for the following four days. You can make your own salt water by dissolving 1/2 teaspoon of table salt in a glass of warm water.
  10. ANTIBIOTICS – If you were given a prescription for an antibiotic, it is very important that these be taken as directed until they are completely gone.
  11. Call the office number if excessive swelling, bleeding, nausea, or a rise in temperature occurs day or night.

NOTE:  Do not be alarmed regarding swelling or discoloration (bruising) of the face if it occurs following surgery; it may be perfectly normal and does not necessarily indicate infection. Do not worry about the sutures we have placed in the gum tissue; they were placed there to control bleeding and to help healing. The grayish color of the blood clot (if present) is normal. Full compliance with these instructions will add to your comfort and speedy recovery.


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1.Swelling is normal with any surgical procedure and should peak within 48 to 72 hours, before gradually subsiding. If swelling worsens after 72 hours, contact your surgeon.

2.Bruising occasionally develops near the surgical site and should disappear within several days following surgery.

3.Mild to moderate discomfort may be experienced for 24 to 72 hours after surgery, and pain medication may be required. If intense pain persists that cannot be relieved by prescribed pain medication, contact your surgeon.

4.Stiffness of the jaw muscles may be caused by swelling following surgery. As the swelling decreases, stiffness should disappear.

5.Infection is very rare following implant surgery but may occur occasionally. If fever, persistent swelling, pain or drainage develops, contact your surgeon promptly.

6.Numbness or a tingling sensation in the lower lip, tongue, cheek, chin, gums, or teeth is rare but can occur if implants are placed in the lower jaw and a nearby nerve is irritated. Typically, this is temporary, although in very rare cases it can be permanent.

7.Sinusitis symptoms, such as drainage or pain, may rarely occur if implants are placed in the upper jaw adjacent to the sinus. Sinus symptoms should be reported to your surgeon.

8.Bleeding may occur following surgery but should be easily controlled and consist of occasional oozing during the first 24 to 48 hours. In the rare instance that bleeding is excessive or prolonged, contact your surgeon directly.

9.Bone loss is rare but may occur around the implant if proper hygiene is not maintained or if excessive stress is placed on the implant.

10. Jaw fracture – In very rare cases, implant surgery in the lower jaw may temporarily weaken the jawbone, resulting in a fracture, particularly if the jaw is thin.

11.Although rare, there is always a possibility that an implant may fail. This may be caused by several factors, including the failure of the implant to fuse with the bone, inadequate cleaning or maintenance by the patient, too much mechanical stress on the implant or by smoking tobacco or excessive alcohol consumption.


As the patient, you have a vested interest in achieving the best possible outcome for your dental implant procedure.  Once your dental implant treatment is complete, you can begin to enjoy the many pleasures that having strong, secure teeth can bring. Following are some tips for keeping your implants in top condition.

  • Floss, brush and maintain good oral hygiene throughout and following the implant process.
  • 5-7 days after the implant is placed, start gently brushing around the implant with a soft toothbrush. Run the toothbrush under hot tap water to soften the bristles.
  • Continue regular check-ups with your family dentist.
  • Keep all appointments with your oral and maxillofacial surgeon and your restorative dentist.
  • Practice meticulous oral hygiene according to the instructions provided by your dentist and hygienist. Abutment posts, beneath the prosthesis, artificial teeth, and gum tissue must be kept clean. Home care aids, such as special brushes and floss holders, will help you accomplish this. If you do not keep your implants and prosthesis clean, your implants may fail.
  • Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, as well as chewing hard foods like ice or hard candy, may damage your implants or cause them to fail.
  • Contact your surgeon or dentist if you experience problems.

Post Operative Pain Management

To decrease the number of narcotics our patients are being exposed to, we advise our patients to alternate Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen. Ibuprofen, Advil, and Motrin are all the same medication as are Acetaminophen and Tylenol.

We have our adult patients take 800 mg of Ibuprofen every 6 hours and 1000 mg of Acetaminophen in between doses of Ibuprofen. Patients are not to exceed 3200 mg in a 24-hour period of Ibuprofen or 3000 mg in a 24-hour period of Acetaminophen. Patients under the age of 12 should be given age and weight appropriate doses of Ibuprofen & Acetaminophen.

If you are unable to control pain with this regimen, we suggest adding the narcotic pain medication if one was prescribed. If you decide to take the narcotic, please stop taking the over-the counter Acetaminophen dosing. Most narcotics already have Acetaminophen in them. However, you should continue the Ibuprofen as this will help with the pain management and inflammation.

While taking the narcotic pain medication, patients cannot drive, operate heavy machinery, or sign legal documents. Please be sure to eat before taking any medication.

If you are on a blood thinner (excluding aspirin) DO NOT take Ibuprofen.

Avoid alcoholic beverages.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call.


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