Post-operative Instructions for Dental Implants
Thank you for trusting your care to Piedmont Oral & Facial Surgery.
Listed below are post-‐op instructions to follow after your implant. It is essential for the early healing process that the following directions are observed during the first 30 days after the placement of the implant.
Immediately following surgery:
** Take pain medication as soon as possible with a light snack before the local
anesthesia wears off
- ** Make sure you eat 4-‐6 small meals instead of 3 large meals, especially before taking any medication. It is best to start with foods that can be cut with a fork such as chicken, fish, pasta, scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, ground beef. Avoid chewing on the side where the implant was placed for 30 days especially nuts and hard foods; it may jeopardize the success of the implant.
- ** After eating and taking medication, replace gauze and bite to apply pressure on the area for about an hour. After an hour replace gauze if bleeding persists or discontinue gauze if bleeding has stopped.
- ** Place an ice pack on the face for 15 minute intervals for first 24-‐48 hours to help reduce chance of swelling
DO NOT SMOKE! Smoking affects the healing process of your implant!
** Keep your mouth clean. Start brushing lightly in the area of the implant and regularly everywhere else. Start the prescribed mouth rinse twice a day, and rinse with warm salt water after meals. (1 tsp. salt to 1 cup warm water and mix) Avoid flossing directly in the area of the implant, you may floss everywhere else.
** Old dentures may not be worn until adjustments (realigning) have been made. Insertion of dentures too early may jeopardize a successful healing process.
If you have any concern related to the healing of your implant, we ask you to call the office immediately 404-907-2117.