After Dental Implant Placement

Implants are placed beneath the jawbone, so there is not much  to see, however, proper care will ensure the implant integrates quickly and successfully with the surrounding bone, creating an ideal point for the placement of a manufactured tooth.  To ensure a successful outcome, please observe the following guidelines:

  • Do not disturb the wound
  • Avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the wound for 3-4 days post-placement
  • If there is any residual bleeding or oozing, bite down on gauze pad placed directly on the implant site for 30 minutes.
  • Swelling:  Slight swelling is possible around the implant site and can be expected.  An ice bag applied directly to the cheek 3-4 times a day can help to minimize swelling during the first 36 hours.
  • Pain:  A pain medication will be prescribed to you, and it is important to follow the directions of your prescription.  For moderate pain the following can help: Antibiotics:  these are usually prescribed.  Be sure and to take the full course of antibiotics as prescribed.
    • Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol every 3.4 hours
    • Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) 200 mg tablets taken 2-3 times a day may also be taken.
    • Do not take any of the above medication if you are allergic

  • Oral Hygiene:  Be sure and follow directions of the oral rinse solution (usually Peridex) that is prescribed.  It is also important to keep the area and mouth clean with regular brushing and flossing