After Placement of Dental Implants

Do not disturb the surgical site. Avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the area on the day of surgery. There may be a metal healing abutment protruding through the gingival (gum) tissue.


Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours. Excessive bleeding (your mouth fills up rapidly with blood) can be controlled by biting on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues 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 36 hours.  After that, warm moist compresses can be applied to the surgical area.


Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or food. Soft food and liquids may be eaten on the day of surgery. However, there should be no chewing in the area of the implant placement until instructed by the doctor. 


You should begin taking pain medication as soon as you feel the local anesthetic wearing off. For moderate pain, Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol may be taken every 4-6 hours. Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) may be taken instead of Tylenol.  For severe pain, the prescribed medication should be taken as directed.  Do not consume alcoholic beverages while taking pain medication.


Be sure to take the prescribed antibiotics as directed to help prevent infection. Do not take any of the above medications if you are allergic, or have been instructed by your doctor not to take it.

Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. The night of surgery, use the prescribed Periogard Oral Rinse before bed. The day after surgery, the Periogard should be used  daily, as directed. Be sure to rinse for at least 30 seconds then spit it out. Warm salt water rinses (teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) should be used at least 4-5 times a day, as well, especially after meals. Brushing your teeth and the healing abutments is no problem. Be gentle initially with brushing the surgical areas.


Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery.  Keep in mind that you are probably not taking normal nourishment. This may weaken you and further limit your ability to exercise.

Wearing your Prosthesis

Partial dentures, flippers, or full dentures should not be used immediately after surgery. Dr. Marshall will advise you when you can begin to use them after the surgery .