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After Dental Implant Surgery

Do not disturb the wound. Avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the wound on the day of surgery. There may 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 up rapidly with blood) can be controlled by biting on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30 minutes.  If bleeding continues 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 prior to the local anesthetic wearing off. Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) over the counter, comes in 200 mg tablets: 3-4 tablets may be taken every 8 hours as needed for pain. For severe pain, the prescribed medication should be taken as directed. Do not take any of the above medication if you are allergic, or have been instructed by your doctor not to take it.


Be sure to take the prescribed antibiotics as directed to help prevent infection.

Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. Beginning on the 2nd day after surgery, the Peridex rinse that was prescribed should be used two to three times daily.  Be sure to rinse for at least 30 seconds then spit it out. Warm salt water rinses (teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) should be used several times a day as well. Brushing your teeth and the healing abutments is not a problem. Be gentle initially with brushing the surgical areas.


Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery. If 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 1 week (unless advised otherwise by Dr. Alderman).

Bone Graft

If a bone graft was performed at the time of your implant placement, you may find some small granules in your mouth for the first several days. Do not be alarmed by these. Your bone graft is made up of many particles.  It’s normal to have some of them come out of the graft site and into your mouth. There are some things you could do to minimize the amount of particles that become dislodged:

  • Do not disturb or touch the wound.
  • Avoid rinsing or spitting for 2 days to allow blood clot and graft material stabilization.
  • Do not apply pressure with your tongue or fingers to the grafted area, as the material is movable during the initial healing.
  • Do not lift or pull on the lip to look at the sutures.  This can actually cause damage to the wound site and tear the sutures.
  • Do not smoke


Sinus Lift

If you had a maxillary sinus augmentation, in addition to the above instructions, please make sure to observe the following sinus precautions for the first 2 weeks:

  • Do not blow your nose (take Sudafed or similar decongestant as needed)
  • When sneezing do so with your mouth open
  • Do not lift anything greater than 10lbs

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