Surgical Instructions

Surgical Instructions: Implants

After your dental implant surgery, it is critical that you follow all of the instructions given to you by your dentist carefully to promote proper healing. Your regular care routine will be slightly more involved after the procedure, as your gums and jaw begin to heal.

Your dentist will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions. You may also find them here:

  • Antibiotics – it is imperative that you take ANY and ALL antibiotics that your dentist has prescribed to you to prevent infection. 24 hours after the surgery, you should begin rinsing with the prescribed oral rinse twice daily, alongside a warm saltwater rinse 4-5 times daily, or after any meal or snack.
  • Bleeding – Bleeding is normal for the first 24 hours after surgery. We suggest using gauze pads to control the flow by gently biting down on them.
  • Pain – Shortly after your procedure, the anesthetic will begin to wear off. You may begin taking any prescribed pain medication by your dentist before this happens, as prescribed. You may take any over-the-counter medication.
  • Hygiene – It is important that the surgical site be kept clean to ensure proper healing. Be sure to properly brush and floss and use the mouth rinses as directed.
  • Swelling – After the surgery, some amount of swelling is to be expected. Try to keep your head elevated for the first 48 hours and then use ice packs on the cheeks.
  • Smoking – Smoking after surgery greatly increases the risk of infection. We recommend that patients do not smoke for at least two weeks after the surgery.

Healing time depends on the kind of dental implant placement, how many were placed, and is different on an individual basis.


Surgical Instructions: Tooth Extractions

Immediately Following the Procedure:

  • Bleeding is common after an extraction, but should lessen shortly. Apply gentle pressure to the gauze pads placed in your mouth to control blood flow, and replace when necessary until bleeding stops.
  • Keep your head elevated and limit activity.
  • 48 hours after surgery, rinse mouth with warm saltwater every 1-2 hours. Avoid using mouthwash with alcohol.
  • Keep your mouth clean by brushing, but avoid any sutures.
  • Use ice packs to control swelling.
  • Take all prescribed medications accordingly.
  • Eat soft foods, preferably high in protein (i.e., yogurt)
  • Stay hydrated, but do not drink through a straw. The sucking motion could cause dry sockets.
  • Refrain from smoking for the next 3-4 days, as the sucking motion could cause dry sockets.