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Instructions After an Implant Surgery

The following are instructions to be followed after having an Implant Surgery. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at Stellar Dentistry.

What Should I Immediately Expect After Surgery?

The first 72 hours after the surgery are the most critical when it comes to Implants. After the Implant is placed, you’ll most likely have some stitches on your gum. Your focus should be on pampering that area and keeping it SUPER clean to allow for optimal healing. 

What Can I Do To Ensure Optimal Healing?

Patients should commit to the following in order to ensure optimal healing following a dental implant procedure:

  • No Pressure build up in your mouth for the first 48 hours. That means no spitting, vigorous rinsing or sucking movements including using a straw, sucking hot soup off a spoon or smoking
  • No Exercise, heavy lifting, stress, or anything that raises your heart rate the first 24 Hours.
  • Absolutely NO Smoking for a minimum of 10 days after your surgery.
  • No hot fluids or food for the first 48 hours.
  • Use a syringe to rinse the area with salt water after each and every meal during the first week.
  • Feel free to brush your teeth starting day 2, make sure you’re NOT applying any pressure on the surgery area, do not Brush the gum during the first week, and no spitting the toothpaste out, just put some water, swish very softly and let the water fall out.

What Are Common or Expected Symptoms?

Slight swelling, slight pain, slight bleeding and tenderness in the area are common and expected. There should not be any severe non-bearable pain, too much swelling or non-stop bleeding, reach out to your dentist immediately if you have any concerns.

What if I Had a Bone Graft?

If you had a bone graft placed, it is normal to feel 1 or 2 grains in your mouth the first couple of days, if its more than 1 or 2, (3 is fine) reach out to your dentist immediately.