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After Dental Implant Surgery


After dental implant surgery, patients should take very good care of the area immediately surrounding their new implant.

During the first month the dental implant is still integrating with the tissues and bone so the patient’s care routine will be slightly more involved during this time.  Most importantly, do not disturb the wound in the first few days after surgery.  Avoid rinsing, spitting, and touching the mouth for 24 – 36 hours following surgery to avoid contaminating or irritating the surgical site.  After your dental implant surgery it is important to follow the following instructions:

  • Bleeding – Blood in the patients’ saliva is normal during the first 24 hours after surgery.  We suggest biting on gauze pads to reduce and help control blood flow.  Gently bite down on the gauze pad and try to maintain constant pressure, repeating until bleeding lessens, as often as needed.
  • Pain – The anesthetic will wear off shortly after your dental implant surgery, so begin taking pain medication before this happens. Any over-the-counter pain medication can be taken, like , Aleve®, ibuprofen, Tylenol® etc.
  • Antibiotics – Patients should take all prescribed antibiotics to prevent infection.  Twenty-four hours after the surgery, patients should begin using the prescribed oral rinse twice a day along with a warm saltwater rinse 4-5 times a day, preferably after every meal or snack.
  • Diet – Patients can resume a normal diet as soon as they feel capable of doing so, but we recommend an initial diet of soft foods.  Drink plenty of fluids so you don’t become dehydrated.
  • Swelling – After dental implant surgery some amount of swelling is to be expected.  Try to keep your head elevated and lower your activity level as much as possible to help minimize swelling. Use ice packs for the first 48 hours and apply continuously, or as frequently as possible to minimize facial swelling.
  • Hygiene – The surgical site must be kept clean in order for the dental implants to heal properly. Continue to brush your teeth as you normally would, but avoid the areas where there are sutures and do not brush the implant. The antibiotic and saltwater rinses will disinfect the implant.
  • Wearing your night guard or prosthesis– Partial dentures, flippers, full dentures, retainers, or night guards should not be used for at least 10 days following surgery. If there are any special circumstances, our staff at Palencia Dental will discuss those with you during your pre-operative consultation.
  • Smoking – Smoking after dental implant surgery has an increased risk of infection which also increases the risk of dental implants failing to integrate. We recommend that patients do not smoke for a minimum of 2 weeks after dental implant surgery.

More information about post surgery recovery –

Every patient’s case is different, and recovery after dental implant surgery happens in a series of phases. Maintaining proper oral hygiene should be your primary focus because in order for the implant to properly fuse with the jawbone it must remain clean.   A dental implant can serve its owner for life if properly cared for.

Healing time depends on whether a patient receives immediate crown placement, or waits for the implant to fuse with the jawbone. Your recovery time will depend on your individual situation and treatment plan.

When maintaining proper hygiene, oral discomfort should gradually lessen. Swelling, bruising, and minor bleeding may still occur. If any pain does continue, feel free to continue using the pain medications.

Please call us today at 904-826-4343 and we can answer your questions.

If you are looking for a dentist in St. Augustine you have found us!  We are located in Palencia, just minutes from World Golf Village, Nocatee, and Jacksonville.

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