After Placement of Dental Implants

Midwest Oral Surgery & Dental Implants – Omaha NE


After dental implant surgery do not disturb the wound. Avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the wound on the day of surgery. There may be a metal healing abutment protruding through the gingival (gum) tissue or the gum tissue may be closed over the implant completely.

No smoking.

Smoking can complicate your healing process and could lead to implant failure.  It is preferred that you do not smoke throughout your healing process.  If you do choose to smoke, it is at your own risk.


Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours. Excessive bleeding (your mouth fills up rapidly with blood) can be controlled by biting on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 1-2 hours.  After this time the gauze pad may be discarded or replaced.  Remove the gauze if you decide to eat or sleep.  If bleeding continues please call for further instructions.


Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice pack, 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. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible unless otherwise directed.


Unless you have received different instructions from the doctor, take 2-3 tablets of Ibuprofen 200mg (Advil, Motrin IB) every 4-6 hours.  If you find this is not controlling your pain well enough, you may take the prescription pain medicine in addition.  Remember that narcotic pain medications can slow reflexes and make you groggy, making driving and operating machinery dangerous.  If pain or swelling increases after the first 4-5 days, call our office.   Do not take any of the above medications if you are allergic or have been instructed by your doctor not to take them.


If antibiotics were prescribed, take them as directed until gone.

Oral Hygiene

Avoid chewing hard foods on the implant sites.  This can decrease the body’s ability to heal around the implant.  Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. The night of surgery, use the prescribed Peridex Oral Rinse before bedtime. The day after surgery, the Peridex should be used twice daily, after breakfast and before bedtime. Be sure to rinse for at least 30 seconds then spit it out. Warm salt water rinses (1/2 teaspoon of salt in a cup of lukewarm water) should be used at least 4-5 times a day, as well, especially after meals. Brushing your teeth and the healing abutments is no problem. Initially, be gentle with brushing the surgical area(s).

Vigorous mouth rinsing and using of straws following surgery should be avoided.

This may cause bleeding by causing the blood clot that has formed to become dislodged.  You may begin gentle rinsing with water, saltwater, or mouthwashes 24 hours after surgery.  Saltwater rinses can be made by mixing 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a glass of lukewarm water.


Restrict activites the day of surgery and preferably the next day (rest and keep your head up), and resume normal activity when you feel comfortable.

Wearing your Prosthesis

Partial dentures, flippers, or full dentures should not be used immediately after surgery or for at least 10 days. This was discussed in the pre-operative consultation.

Scheduling your follow-up appointment

Remember to schedule your follow-up appointment if needed or instructed.  You can call the office at anytime to make an appointment.

We want your recovery to be as smooth and pleasant as possible.  If you have questions or concerns about your progress, please call our office.  Our phones are answered 24 hours a day Midwest Oral Surgery & Dental Implants Phone Number 402-397-7777.  You can also contact our Implant Treatment Coordinator at Midwest Oral Surgery & Dental Implants Phone Number 402-397-7777 Ext. 257