After Placement of Dental Implants

Congratulations on the placement of your dental implant. While the healing and restoration process may be lengthy it is important to follow the proper timetables for the best possible success. It is important that all post operative appointments are kept. Sometimes a second surgery is necessary 3-6 months after the placement of the implant.


Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours. Excessive bleeding (your mouth fills rapidly with blood) can be controlled by biting on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues profusely, please call for further instructions.


Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice bag, or a plastic bag or towel filled with ice, on the cheek in the area of surgery. Apply the ice continuously, as much as possible, for the first 36 hours.


Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or food. Soft food and liquids should be eaten on the day of surgery. It is best to avoid foods like nuts, sunflower seeds, popcorn, etc., which may get lodged in the surgical sites. If possible, try to chew on the opposite side of the surgical site for one week. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible unless otherwise directed.


At times oral surgery is accompanied by some degree of discomfort. For moderate pain, one or two tablets of Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol may be taken according to directions on the bottle. Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) may be taken instead of Tylenol. Ibuprofen bought over the counter comes in 200mg tablets: 2-3 tablets may be taken four times daily, according the bottle instructions, not to exceed 3200 mg daily for an adult. Consult our practice for individuals under 18. Do not take the above medications if you are allergic to them or have been instructed not to by your physician. Do not take Ibuprofen products if you take blood thinners such as Coumadin or Plavix.

For severe pain, the prescribed medication should be taken as directed. Narcotic pain medicine may cause nausea; this can help to be relieved by eating prior to taking the medication. Do not take any of the above medication if you are allergic to them, or have been instructed by your doctor not to take it. Do not drive an automobile or work around machinery. Avoid alcoholic beverages. Pain or discomfort following surgery should subside more and more every day. If pain persists, it may require attention and you should call the office.


Be sure to take the prescribed antibiotics as directed to help prevent infection if prescribed by Dr. Erickson.

Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene is essential to proper healing. Rinse gently with warm water in the area of the procedure 4-5 times a day. You may  brush your teeth and the healing abutments 24 hours after the procedure. Be gentle initially while brushing the surgical areas. Placing your toothbrush under hot water will make the bristles soft and easier to brush.


Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery. If you exercise, throbbing or bleeding may occur. If this occurs, you should discontinue exercising. Keep in mind that you are probably not taking in normal nourishment. This may weaken you and further limit your ability to exercise.

Sometimes the after effects of oral surgery are quite minimal, so not all of the instructions may apply. It is our desire that your recovery be as smooth and pleasant as possible. Following these instructions will assist you, but if you have questions about your progress or need clarification, please call the office. Please note: Telephone calls for narcotic (pain) prescription renewals are only accepted during business hours.

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