Post Operative Instructions for Dental Implants

To maximize healing, it is required that the following instructions be adhered to during the first two weeks following the placement of your dental implants.

Apply ice packs (cold) on and off (alternated) every 20 minutes for the first 24 hours following surgery to reduce swelling.

Soft foods are advised during the first six days, depending on the number of implants placed and/or the area of placement. Following the initial six day period you may eat whatever you are comfortable with as long as you chew away from the extraction site(s).

Avoid smoking. Avoid the consumption of alcoholic beverages.

An elevated headrest should be used during the first two nights of rest post operatively to reduce swelling in the implant area.

Should oozing or bleeding occur after the surgery, it may be stopped by gently biting on a roll of most gauze for 15 minutes. If the bleeding doesn’t stop after 15 minutes please call the office.

Your mouth will need to be rinsed with Peridex (chlorhexidine) after every meal.

Commercial mouthwashes should not be used for the first week after surgery, except the Peridex as directed on the bottle.

Dentures should NOT be worn until refitted or relined unless otherwise advised by your doctor. The wearing of an ill-fitting denture or prostheses can jeopardize a successful healing process.

Take all prescription medication as directed by your doctor.

If a temporary crown is placed avoid chewing in that area.

If you have any questions, or if there are any unusual occurrences related to the healing of the implant area(s), please contact our office.