After you have experienced dental implant surgery, there are a few key instructions you should follow to ensure a full, comfortable recovery:

  • Avoid disturbing your wound through rinsing, spitting, or touching the wound after surgery.

  • Bleeding or redness in your saliva is normal for up to 24 hours after your surgery. Contact the office if bleeding continues

  • Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery and can be minimized through the application of an ice bag to the cheek for the first 36 hours.

  • Drink plenty of fluids. Return to a normal diet when you feel comfortable doing so unless otherwise directed.
  • Moderate pain following surgery is normal. If you experience moderate pain, take Tylenol every 3-4 hours. If you experience severe pain, take prescribed medication according to Dr. Medel’s instructions.

  • Before surgery, use your prescribed Peridex Oral Rinse. After surgery, use Peridex twice daily, after breakfast and before bed. Rinse your mouth with salt water at least 4-5 times daily. Be gentle when brushing your teeth.

  • Do not exercise if you feel lightheaded, nauseous, or weak.

  • Do not use partial dentures, flippers, or full dentures after surgery for at least 10 days.