After Placement of Dental Implants – Vancouver WA

Please follow these home care instructions for after Dental Implant Surgery.


  • 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 thebleeding 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.


  • 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 as soon as you feel the local anesthetic wearing off.
    • For moderate pain, 1 or 2 Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol may be taken every 3-4 hours.
    • Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) may be taken instead of Tylenol. Ibuprofen, bought over the counter comes in 200 mg tablets: 2-3 tablets may be taken every 3-4 hours as needed for pain.
    • For severe pain, the prescribed medication should be taken as directed.
    • Do not take any of the above medication if you are allergic, or have been instructed by your doctor not to take it.


    • 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 of surgery, use the prescribed Peridex Oral Rinse before bed.
    • The day after surgery, the Peridex should be used twice daily, after breakfast and before bed. 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.
    • If you are considering exercise, throbbing or bleeding may occur. If this occurs, you should discontinue exercising.
    • 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 and for at least 10 days. This was discussed in the pre-operative consultation.

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