After Dental Implant Surgery

After surgery you should try not to disturb the surgical site(s). Avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the site(s) on the day of surgery. You may have a temporary healing abutment that can be felt above the gums at the surgical site; do not disturb it for the first few days. Then start brushing it gently to keep it clean.


A small amount of bleeding or redness in saliva is normal during 24 hours after surgery, and should be expected. You can control excessive bleeding by placing a gauze pad directly on the wound and biting down with firm pressure for 30 minutes. If you do this and the bleeding continues please call Riverside Oral & Facial Surgery for further instructions.


Swelling is normal after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice pack or wrap an ice-filled plastic bag with a towel and apply it to the cheek next to the surgical site. In the first 24- 72 hours after surgery apply the ice continuously for as long as possible.


Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or food the first 24 hours. Soft foods and liquids should be eaten on the day of surgery. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.


Take your prescribed pain medication as needed when the anesthetic wears off. For moderate take ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil). Over the counter ibuprofen comes in 200mg tablets; take one, two, three of these every four to six hours as needed for pain. If pain is severe, take your prescription pain medication as directed. If you are allergic to any of the medications above – or your doctor has instructed – do not take the mediation.


If you are prescribed antibiotics following surgery, be sure to take them and finish them according to instructions in order 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. Gentle, warm salt water rinses (1/2 teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) should be used at least 4-5 times a day, as well, especially after meals. Brushing your teeth and the healing abutments as usual, but be gentle initially with brushing the surgical areas.


Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery. If you are considering exercise, throbbing or bleeding may occur. If this occurs, you should stop exercising. Keep in mind that during recovery you are probably not getting your regular food intake. This may weaken you and further limit your ability to exercise.

Wearing your Prosthesis

Partial dentures, flippers, or full dentures should not be worn immediately after surgery, but can be inserted the next day. If they cause pain and/or don’t fit well, remove then and see your dentist.

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