After Dental Implants or Surgical Extractions

Do not disturb the wound. Avoid rinsing, spitting or touching the wound on the day of surgery. There may be either a metal healing abutment or anchor protruding through the gum tissue with Implants and stiches with both extractions and Implants. 


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 pressure on a gauze pad (moist is fine –dry gauze is not necessary) placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30 minutes. Take something for pain if it is uncomfortable to bite down. If bleeding continues please call for further instructions.


Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply the ice wrap, or an insulated ice bag on the area of surgery. Apply the ice continuously, as much as possible, up to 48 hours.  


Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or food until the numbness wears off. Soft food and liquids should be eaten on the day of surgery. Return to a normal diet in 3 to 5 days unless otherwise directed or if discomfort persists in the surgery area.


You should begin taking pain medication as soon as you feel the local anesthetic wearing off. For mild pain, 1 or 2 Tylenol may be taken every 3-4 hours. Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) may be taken instead of Tylenol. Ibuprofen, bought over the counter is 200mg; 1-3 tabs may be taken every 3-4 hours as needed for pain. For moderate pain, the prescribed medication can be taken as directed. Do not take any of the above medication if you are allergic to them, or have been instructed by your physician not to take them.


Be sure to take all the prescribed antibiotics as directed to help prevent infection. If prescribed, Peridex Oral Rinse (or generic brand) may be started 48 hours after surgery as directed.

Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. Be gentle with brushing any surgical area for 24 hours.


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 (Denture or Partial Denture)

Partial dentures, “flippers”, or full dentures should be used minimally after surgery for 2 to 3 days, unless otherwise directed. Follow up with your family Dentist may also be needed for additional adjustments.