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After Dental Implant Surgery

It is essential for the healing process that the following directions are observed:

  • Only very soft foodstuffs may be taken during the first several days after surgery to avoid contaminating the wound with food particles. You will be advised when to resume a normal diet.
  • Smoking and consumption of alcoholic beverages MUST be avoided during the first week.
  • If possible, an elevated head rest (an extra pillow) should be used during the first two nights after the operation to reduce swelling in the operated areas.
  • Application of ice to the affected areas is recommended for the first 36 hours.
  • Should any oozing or bleeding occur in the operated jaw, it can usually be stopped by gently biting for 15 minutes on a roll of moist gauze.  This may need to be repeated once or twice.  If bleeding does not stop after this treatment, your surgeon should be contacted.
  • After each meal the mouth should be thoroughly rinsed with a salt water solution (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz. of water).
  • Over-the-counter mouth rinses should not be used but your surgeon will likely prescribe a special mouth rinse.
  • You will be advised about denture or partial denture wear.  Resuming a normal diet too soon may jeopardize a successful healing process. Complete dentures over implants must be relined every 3 to 5 weeks by your dentist thereafter.
  • If you are in doubt or there is any sign whatsoever of a disorder related to the healing or the implant area, you must contact your surgeon.
  • Take the prescribed antibiotics to completion as directed.

Please consider referring to downloadable forms section and this information off before your appointment to allow extra preparation.