After having a dental implant placed, our oral and maxillofacial surgeon and team will give you thorough post-op instructions and advice to make sure that your recovery is as comfortable and smooth as possible.

Swelling

Swelling will become noticeable about 24 hours after surgery. This is completely normal and is nothing to worry about. Swelling usually reaches its peak two to three days after surgery and lasts about 7 to 10 days. Begin applying ice packs immediately after surgery to minimize swelling. Alternate having the ice pack on for 20 minutes and off for 20 minutes for the first 24 hours after surgery.

Bleeding

Minimal bleeding is normal after implant surgery. Gently bite down on a gauze pad for 30 minutes and rest with your head elevated. If the bleeding continues, use gauze for 30 more minutes. For two or three days, pink or blood-tinged saliva may occur. Your sutures, which will last for 2 or 3 days, should be left alone.

Prescriptions

Before the local anesthetic wears off, Dr. Joseph Fullmer recommends that you take an anti-inflammatory pain medication like ibuprofen or Advil. The doctor may also prescribe a stronger pain medication. Take any medication as prescribed by our surgeon.

Hygiene

We stress the importance of keeping your mouth clean to ensure proper healing. Beginning the day after surgery, thoroughly clean your mouth after every meal using a soft bristled toothbrush and toothpaste. On the day of surgery, do not rinse your mouth.

Diet

After having dental implant surgery, begin with liquids and soft foods like applesauce, pudding, and Jell-O. Once the numbness has worn off, you can slowly work up to eating solid foods. However, be careful to chew on the side of your mouth oppsoite of the treatment site.

Activities

For the first 48 hours after surgery, rest from all physical activity.

Feel free to call Aspire Surgical at 435-315-2050 today with any questions about post-op instructions in Heber, Utah, and to set up an appointment.