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After Dental Implants

Post-surgical guidelines following dental implant placement (implants)

  • It is better to stay quiet and generally take it easy for two to three days after the surgery as rest helps healing. While resting, be sure to keep your head high at all times.
  • You can expect to be uncomfortable for a few days after surgery. On the second day you may be particular uncomfortable, with swelling in the areas of the cheeks and along the jaw line due to possible slight bruising. The third day is generally a little better, with rapid improvement from then.
  • For the first two days, apply an ice-pack to the face – alternating 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off.
  • It is helpful to drink plenty of fluids; cold is best.
  • Do not take liquids through a straw. This creates an inward suction and causes tension on sutures, which could interfere with healing.
  • You may see some blood in your saliva, but this is normal.
  • If you have excessive bleeding, place a teabag in lukewarm water, squeeze excess water out, wrap in gauze and bite down on wet teabag for up to 30 minutes.
  • If bleeding continues, contact our office.
  • If upper implants were placed, please do not blow your nose for two weeks. Take decongestants as directed by your physician.
  • Follow a soft food diet (see separate page).

Please do not hesitate to call our office with any questions. We are here to help you.