Post-Implant Surgery Instructions


Avoid disturbing the surgical site. On the day of your surgery, avoid any rinsing, spitting, or touching the wound. It’s normal to see a metal healing abutment protruding through the gum tissue.


Some redness or bleeding in the saliva is normal for 24 hours. Excessive bleeding can be managed by biting on a gauze placed over the wound for 30 minutes. If bleeding persists, call for additional guidance.


Expect some swelling after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply ice to the cheek near the surgical site or wrap an ice pack in a towel. Use the ice as much as possible for the first 36-48 hours


Stay hydrated but avoid hot foods and drinks. Consume liquids on the day of surgery and soft foods like mashed potatoes and eggs for the next couple of days. Resume a regular diet as comfort allows.


Begin pain medication as the local anesthetic wears off. For moderate pain, Tylenol or ibuprofen can be taken as directed. For severe pain, follow the prescription guidelines. Do not drive or operate machinery while on pain medication. Consult our practice for dosage for individuals under 18.


Complete the full course of prescribed antibiotics to prevent infection.


Maintain good oral hygiene for optimal healing. Use the prescribed Peridex Oral Rinse the night of the surgery and twice daily thereafter. Also, besrinse with warm salt water 4-5 times a day, especially after meals.


Limit physical activities immediately after surgery. Exercise may cause throbbing or bleeding and should be avoided until you’re adequately nourished and feeling stronger.

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