Post-Op Instructions for Dental Implants

Brunette woman smiles at her dentist before her dental implant surgery

Although dental implants are a very common and effective procedure, it’s important to know how to care for yourself after surgery. If you’re planning on getting dental implants in the near future, we’d like to offer you some guidance on how you can ensure a smooth recovery.

Immediately Following Surgery

As sedation and anesthesia begin to wear off, you’ll need help getting home safely. Bleeding immediately following surgery is likely, so you’ll need some gauze on hand. Gently bite down on the gauze and change it out every 30 minutes, or until bleeding stops. Other supplies from the pharmacy may be necessary, including over-the-counter pain medication or prescribed medication, as needed.

At Home

Once you’re home, you’ll need plenty of rest, especially in the first 24 hours. Do not smoke or drink alcohol following surgery. To reduce swelling, we recommend reclining on pillows instead of lying down flat. For the first 48 hours, with a cloth over your skin for protection, apply a cold compress to the affected cheek for up to 20 minutes, with at least 20 minutes off between re-applying. After 48 hours, unless there is increased swelling, switch to a warm compress and gently massage the cheek area.

For Pain & Discomfort

If pain is an issue, take pain medications as prescribed. Be sure to take pain medication with food, as nausea and stomach ulcers can occur if you take pain medication on an empty stomach. If pain is extreme or lasts more than a few days, call our office.

What to Eat

Soft foods are best while healing from dental implant surgery. Jell-O, mashed sweet potatoes, applesauce, smoothies, pureed soups, yogurt, and scrambled eggs are all great choices. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, but avoid drinking from straws for a week following the procedure. Additionally, avoid eating hard or crunchy foods until the area heals.

Reach Out to Our Expert Team!

Call Moores Chapel Dentistry if you have any questions following dental implant surgery. We are here and ready to help.

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