Post Implant Care


You have just completed the first step of your implant treatment. The implant does require a clean environment in order to heal properly.

In that regard, much of the success of this implant will depend on you. Proper care of your mouth will aid in the healing process and reduce the possibility of complications. The following instructions will assist you in this healing phase.

  • Following the procedure, you may find it advisable to take it easy for a day or two. Usually the fewer implants placed, the sooner you will feel comfortable returning to normal activities. Jogging and vigorous activities should be avoided for a few days.
  • It is normal for you to experience some swelling or soreness after the procedure. Ice packs will keep swelling and/or bruising to a minimum. Apply ice to your face on a “15 minute on a 15 off” cycle for the remainder of the day if needed. One way to make an effective ice pack is to put ice in a plastic bag and wrap in a towel, cloth, or sock. If swelling persists after 48 hours, apply a warm moist towel.
  • You may have some discomfort after the procedure. The amount of this discomfort depends on a number of factors including the number of implants placed and where they were placed. Over the counter anti-inflammatory medicines (Advil, Aleve, or Ibuprofen) are often helpful in controlling this type of discomfort. Your doctor may also prescribe a “strong” pain medication. You may supplement the anti-inflammatory medication with this prescription medication if needed. You do not have to take or finish the pain medication.
  • Your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic for you. Unlike the pain medication, it is important that you finish this medication unless otherwise directed.
  • There is usually a minimal amount of bleeding following the procedure. We suggest that you bite on the gauze sponge for at least 20-30 minutes. If after 30 minutes, you still notice bleeding, place another gauze sponge over the area. Some oozing may occur for a day or two after surgery. If implants are placed in the upper jaw, you may experience a nosebleed within the first few days after surgery.
  • Rinsing is very helpful in keeping your mouth clean. Warm salt-water rinses should be started the day after surgery. Rinse gently several times a day and continue to do so for ten to fourteen days.
  • Do not attempt to floss, brush, or water-pik the area of surgery for the first two weeks. Keep your mouth clean with warm water rinses. Following the healing period, you will be instructed on further cleaning techniques. The rest of your mouth should continue to be cleaned as usual.

Please contact us if you have any questions.