After Dental Implant Surgery

After Placement of Dental Implants

Home Instructions After Dental Implant Surgery

After undergoing dental implant surgery, it is crucial to exercise utmost care and refrain from disturbing the wound. On the day of the procedure, it is highly recommended to avoid any activities that may potentially disturb the healing process. This entails refraining from rinsing, spitting, or even touching the surgical area. By doing so, you allow for a favorable environment where optimal recovery can take place undisturbed.

It is important to note that during this initial stage of healing, a metal healing abutment will be visible as it protrudes through the gingival tissue. This abutment acts as an essential component in facilitating successful integration between your implant and surrounding gum tissues. 


Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours after undergoing an oral procedure. While it may cause slight discomfort, it is a natural part of the healing process and should not be a cause for concern.

However, in rare cases where excessive bleeding occurs and your mouth fills rapidly with blood, swift action must be taken to ensure optimal recovery. To effectively control this situation, we strongly recommend biting down on a sterile gauze pad that has been placed directly on the bleeding wound for approximately 30 minutes. This technique will help apply pressure to the area and promote clotting, ultimately aiding in stopping the profuse bleeding.

In case you find that despite following these instructions closely, the bleeding continues excessively, promptly reach out to us for further guidance. 


Swelling, a common phenomenon post-surgery, can cause discomfort and hinder the recovery process. To alleviate this issue, it is advised to employ an effective technique involving the application of cold therapy in the form of an ice bag or a makeshift option like a plastic bag or towel filled with ice.

It is crucial to adhere to continuous icing for a minimum of 24 hours following surgery, maximizing its potential benefits. 


When it comes to post-surgery care, the significance of maintaining adequate fluid intake cannot be overstated. Therefore, it is highly recommended that patients prioritize hydration and consume ample fluids during their recovery period. However, caution must be exercised in terms of the temperature of these liquids or food items. Opting for cooler options rather than hot ones is advisable to prevent any potential discomfort or irritation at the surgical site.

Additionally, during the initial day following surgery, it is recommended to opt for softer foods and liquids that are easier on the digestive system and promote a smoother recovery process. Following a healthy recovery trajectory, it is advised to swiftly transition back to one's normal diet unless otherwise specified by our dentist. 


It is crucial to prioritize your well-being after undergoing a procedure, and therefore, it is recommended that you promptly commence pain medication as soon as the local anesthetic begins to wear off. For individuals experiencing moderate pain, our practice advises taking one or two tablets of Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol every three to four hours. Alternatively, Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) can be used instead of Tylenol.

If opting for Ibuprofen purchased over the counter, please note that it comes in 200 mg tablets. It is advisable to take two to three tablets four times daily. However, ensure not to exceed a total of 3200 mg within a day if you are an adult. We kindly ask individuals under the age of 18 to consult with our practice before proceeding with any medication regimen. 

To avoid any potential complications, please refrain from consuming both medications simultaneously. In cases where severe pain persists post-surgery, it is imperative to adhere strictly to prescribed medication instructions provided by our healthcare professionals. Furthermore, exercise caution and abstain from operating machinery or driving vehicles while under the influence of these medications. As part of responsible self-care during this period, we strongly discourage the consumption of alcoholic beverages.

Remember that discomfort following surgery should gradually diminish with each passing day. However, if pain persists beyond expectations despite diligently adhering to prescribed guidelines, do not hesitate to contact our office for further assistance and attention if needed. 


When it comes to preventing infection, following the prescribed antibiotic regimen is important. 

Oral Hygiene 

Good oral hygiene is crucial for ensuring optimal healing after surgery. To promote a swift recovery, it is imperative to follow the recommended dental care routine diligently. Before going to bed on the night of your surgery, make sure to use the prescribed Peridex Oral Rinse as directed. The day following the procedure, incorporate this rinse into your daily routine by using it twice a day – once after breakfast and again before bedtime. Remember to swish the rinse around in your mouth for at least 30 seconds before spitting it out. 

Additionally, warm salt water rinses (consisting of one teaspoon of salt mixed with a cup of warm water) should be performed frequently throughout the day, especially after meals – aiming for at least 4-5 times per day. In addition to these rinses, don't forget to brush your teeth and carefully clean around any healing abutments present in your mouth. While brushing, exercise caution and be gentle initially when approaching the surgical areas so as not to disrupt or harm them further. 


It is imperative to adhere to a cautious approach in the aftermath of surgery, ensuring that physical activities are kept to a minimum. Engaging in strenuous exercise immediately after undergoing a surgical procedure can potentially lead to adverse consequences such as throbbing sensations or bleeding. Therefore, it is highly advised that individuals discontinue any form of exertion if they experience such symptoms. 

Wearing Your Prosthesis 

It is strongly advised that individuals refrain from using partial dentures, flippers, or full dentures immediately after surgery for a minimum duration of 10 days. This period allows the surgical site ample time to heal undisturbed by any external forces exerted by dentures or flippers, ensuring optimal recovery and reducing potential complications.


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