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Surgical Instructions

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.


  • 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.


  • You should begin taking pain medication as soon as you feel the local anesthetic wearing off.
  • For moderate pain, one or two tablets of Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol may be taken every 3-4 hours.
  • Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) may be taken instead of Tylenol.
  • Ibuprofen bought over the counter comes in 200 mg tablets: 2-3 tablets may be taken four times daily, not to exceed 3200mg daily for an adult.
  • Consult our practice for individuals under 18.
  • Do not take the two medications at the same time.

  • For severe pain, the prescribed medication should be taken as directed.
  • Do not take any of the above medication if you are allergic to them, or have been instructed by your doctor not to take it.
  • Do not drive an automobile or work around machinery.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages.
  • Pain or discomfort following surgery should subside more and more every day.
  • If pain persists, it may require attention and you should call the office.


  • 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.