Instructions Following Implant Surgery Treatment

Knowing how to care for yourself after dental implant surgery is essential to a smooth and speedy recovery. Adhering to these steps can help ensure a positive outcome and minimize any potential complications.

  • It is normal to experience some pain, bleeding, and swelling following oral surgery. Avoid pulling on your lip to view the site, and refrain from touching the area with your tongue or fingers.
  • Swelling typically increases several days after the surgery. To minimize swelling, apply a cold compress. Use the compress for 20 minutes on and off, as needed. After three days, switch to applying moist heat to reduce swelling.
  • It is important to take all medications, including antibiotics, as prescribed to prevent infection. To manage pain, you may take ibuprofen or acetaminophen as directed on the label or by our office.
  • For a few days after surgery, stick to a diet of liquids and soft foods.
  • To help the healing process, start using a warm saltwater rinse—one-half teaspoon of salt in an eight-ounce glass of water—three times daily, starting the day after surgery.
  • Limit physical activity on the day of surgery and resume normal activities only as soon as you feel comfortable.
  • For the first 24 hours after surgery, do not use a straw, brush vigorously, rinse, spit, or smoke. Also, avoid foods and drinks that are extremely hot or cold, spicy foods, carbonated drinks, and alcoholic beverages.
  • Refrain from wearing your denture during the initial week of healing. As healing advances, gradually reintroduce regular denture use.
  • If excessive bleeding or discomfort persists beyond 48-72 hours, and pain or swelling worsens after a few days, contact our office immediately for assistance.

If you have any concerns or persistent symptoms, do not hesitate to contact our office for guidance. Remember, taking good care of yourself helps ensure that the benefits of your procedure last a lifetime.