The placement of an implant is a surgical procedure. An incision will be made in soft tissue and bone may be removed. Thus, swelling and discomfort are to be expected.

  1. Do not rinse your mouth for 24 hours after surgery. After 24 hours, rinse vigorously with warm salt water (1/2 tsp. in 80z. of warm water) especially after meals and at bedtime. Do not brush your teeth for 24 hours after surgery. Do not spit for 24 hours after surgery.
  2. Do not smoke for at least 3 weeks. (Increases failure).
  3. Do not be alarmed by blood-tinged saliva. If you have bleeding, bite hard on a 2×2 gauze sponge for 30 minutes. Pressure is best way to control bleeding.
  4. Apply an ice pack to the side(s) of your face operated on. Do this as long as swelling persists.
  5. Keep your tongue away from surgical site.
  6. Do not use straws for 24 hours after surgery.
  7. Eat a soft diet until the second phase of surgery (soup, scrambled eggs, pasta, pancakes, pudding, jello, applesauce, yogurt, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, water ice, fruit cocktail). Excessive pressure over the implant can result in failure.
  8. Take any medications prescribed to you from the office as directed until finished.
  9. Do not be concerned by hard projections in the operated areas. These areas could either be a part of the implant or sutures, which can be taken care of at your next appointment.
  10. Complications such as abnormal bleeding, pain, or swelling, please contact the office.