Post-Op Instructions Following Implant and Implant Surgery

You have finished a very important phase of your implant treatment, and now it is time to begin the healing process. It is important to understand that some discomfort, swelling, and bruising is normal. Every patient is different and there is no way of predicting if you will experience any of these symptoms. The medications that have been prescribed to you will help keep you comfortable for the next few days. Refrain from eating for at least two hours and until the anesthesia has worn off.


  • Vigorous physical exercise, but you may return to work.
  • Drinking through a straw or sucking motions.
  • Do not smoke. It’s better to refrain for 48 hours.
  • Drinking alcoholic beverages will retard the healing process.
  • Food that is extreme in temperature or spicy.
  • Avoid using any strong mouthwashes that contain alcohol.


  • You may take a non-aspirin analgesic to relieve any tenderness or discomfort, such as ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol).
  • Eat a well balanced soft diet for today.
  • You may chew on the opposite side of the treated area until it is comfortable to chew normally.
  • Very gently rinse with a warm salt water rinse, a 1 teaspoon in an 8 oz. glass of water, 3 times a day.
  • Brush your teeth very lightly in the treated area the first night. Then begin flossing lightly  the next day, gradually increasing to normal force by the week’s end.
  • After flossing and brushing, very gently rinse with chlorhexidine gluconate (Peridex), if it was prescribed, for at least 60 seconds. Do this at least twice daily.
  • Pain, swelling, and bleeding is common following oral surgery. A cold compress should be placed on your face near the surgical site for 20 minutes at a time, with 20 minutes off, the day of your surgery for up to 24 hours.  This will reduce pain, swelling, and bleeding.
  • Take your prescribed medications as instructed.
  • You should keep your appointment for follow-up with your dentist.
  • Do not raise your lips and probe the area with your fingers.
  • Do not brush your teeth near the sutures. However, you should brush and floss the rest of your teeth as you normally would.
  • Do not spit or use a straw the day of your procedure. Avoid smoking for a few days.