After Placement of Dental Implants

Home Care Instructions for After Dental Implants

Please read information below to help you heal from your dental implant surgical procedure. Call our Raleigh office for assistance: Wake Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Raleigh NC Office Phone Number 919-783-9920.

Do not disturb the wound. Avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the wound on the day of dental implant surgery. There will usually be a metal healing abutment protruding through the gingival (gum) tissue.


Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal the day of surgery. 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 thirty minutes. If bleeding continues please call the office for further instructions: Wake Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Raleigh NC Office Phone Number 919-783-9920.


Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice bag, a bag of frozen peas, or towel filled with ice on the cheek in the area of surgery. Apply the ice continuously, as much as possible, for the first six to eight hours.


Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or food. A soft diet can be eaten on the day of surgery, simply chew on the side opposite your implant surgery. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible unless otherwise directed.

Pain Management

You should begin taking pain medication even before you feel the local anesthetic wearing off. For mild to moderate discomfort, ibuprofen, (over the counter comes in 200 mg tablets): 2-3 tablets may be taken every 6 hours as needed for pain. For more significant pain, the prescription pain 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 any prescribed antibiotics as directed to help prevent infection.

Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. The day after surgery, the Peridex rinse should be used each evening before bed.  Be sure to rinse for 30 seconds then gently spit it out. Warm salt water rinses (teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) should be used at least 3 – 4 times a day, as well, especially after meals.  You may brush your teeth in the areas away from your surgery, be gentle initially and avoid 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 can sometimes be used immediately after surgery. Your particular situation will be discussed in the pre-operative consultation.