After Placement of Dental Implants

Home Instructions After Dental Implant Surgery

After dental implant surgery, do not disturb the wound. Avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the wound on the day of surgery. .


Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours. Excessive bleeding (your mouth fills rapidly with blood) can be controlled by biting on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues profusely, 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 2 to 3 days.


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.  Once you no longer need prescription pain medication, for moderate pain, Tylenol or Ibuprofen may be taken as directed.  For specific instructions about pain management, please refer to our take-home instructions.

For severe pain, the prescribed medication should be taken as directed. Do not take any of the above medication if you are allergic to them, or have been instructed by your doctor not to take it. Do not drive an automobile or work around machinery. Avoid alcoholic beverages. Pain or discomfort following surgery should subside more and more every day. If pain persists, it may require attention and you should call the office.


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

Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. The night after the surgery, brush your teeth as normal, but only gentle rinsing.  No salt water rinsing for two days.  Vigorous rinsing will promote bleeding.  After two days,  warm salt water rinses (one teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) should be used at least 4-5 times a day as well, especially after meals.  Be gentle initially while brushing the surgical areas.


Resume normal activity when you no longer need pain medication.  No driving or exercising  while taking prescription pain medications.

Wearing your Prosthesis

Partial dentures, flippers or full dentures can be placed once bleeding stops.  If bleeding continues, remove the prosthesis and place gauze with pressure by biting to control bleeding.