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. There will be a metal healing abutment protruding through the gingival (gum) tissue.


Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours. Excessive bleeding (your mouth fills 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 for further instructions.


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


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.


For moderate pain, one or two tablets of acetaminophen (Tylenol) may be taken every 3-4 hours. Acetaminophen can be bought over the counter in 325mg or 500mg tablets. These tablets can be taken as long as they do not exceed 3000mg per day. Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) may be taken in addition to acetaminophen. Ibuprofen bought over the counter comes in 200mg tablets. Two or three tablets may be taken four times a day, not to exceed 3200mg per day. Consult our practice or the pharmacist for pediatric doses.

For severe pain, prescriptions medication may be prescribed. Do not drive an automobile or work around machinery if taking prescription narcotic medications. Avoid alcoholic beverages. Pain or discomfort following surgery should subside and get better every day after the acute pain period (three to four days post-operatively). If pain persists past this point, it may require more attention and you should call the office.

Keep the mouth clean: No rinsing of any kind should be performed until the day following surgery. You can begin rinsing after meals and before bed with a 1/4 teaspoon of salt mixed into 80z of warm water.


Be sure to take the prescribed antibiotics as directed to help prevent infection.

Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. The night of surgery, use the prescribed Peridex Oral Rinse before bed. The day after surgery, the Peridex should be used twice daily; after breakfast and before bed. Be sure to rinse for at least 30 seconds then spit it out. 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, should not be used immediately after surgery for at least 10 days, as discussed in the pre-operative consultation.