After Placement of Dental Implants

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.


A small amount of blood may be expected during the first 24 – 48 hours. Do not spit as this will increase bleeding. If there is blood in your mouth you can wipe it with a tissue or gauze. Bleeding can be controlled by biting on a gauze pad placed directly on the wound for 20 minutes. If bleeding is excessive or continues please call for further instructions.


Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply ice over the area of surgery (15 minutes on and 15 off). To bag of frozen peas works wells as it molds to the face. Apply the ice continuously, as much as possible, for the first 48 hours.


Drink plenty of fluids. Do not use a straw as this will increase bleeding. Avoid hard crunchy foods, for example, chips or nuts. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible unless otherwise directed.


There is usually some discomfort after surgery. Take your pain medications as prescribed. Motrin or Advil (over the counter) can also be taken in addition to the prescription pain medications.


If you were prescribed antibiotics an antiseptic rinse, use as directed.

Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. Start brushing and flossing the morning after your procedure. Be gentle cleaning around the surgical area. It is important to rinse after eating.


Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery.  It is recommend that you rest the first twenty-four gIf you are considering exercise, throbbing or bleeding may occur. If this occurs, you should discontinue exercising. Keep in mind that you are probably not taking 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 and for at least 10 days. This was discussed in the pre-operative consultation.