After Placement of Dental Implants or bone grafting


After dental implant surgery or bone grafting, it is important to minimize the amount of vibration or “micromotion” to the surgical site to optimize healing. The surgeries are designed to tolerate routine activities, but special considerations should be made, especially within the first 2 weeks after oral surgery. Please follow the instructions provided:


Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours. Excessive bleeding (your mouth fills rapidly with blood) can be controlled by biting on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues profusely, please call for further instructions.


Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling apply an ice bag, 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. Stick to soft foods for the first few days after surgery. Avoid hot, spicy, or crunchy foods that can irritate the surgical site.

Pain management

You may experience some pain and discomfort after surgery. Unless directed by your surgeon, over-the-counter NSAIDs (Ibuprofen, Naproxen, etc.) offer great pain control and will limit your inflammation. Take the medication as prescribed and avoid taking aspirin, as it can increase the risk of bleeding

For severe pain, the prescribed medication should be taken as directed. Do not take any of the above medication if you are allergic to them, or have been instructed by your doctor not to take it. Do not drive an automobile or work around machinery. Avoid alcoholic beverages. Pain or discomfort following surgery should subside more and more every day. If pain persists, it may require attention and you should call the office.


You were likely prescribed antibiotics as this minimizes the risk of bacteria infiltration of the surgery site resulting in an infection. If antibiotics were prescribed, please take them as directed.

Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. You should continue to brush and floss your teeth as normal but avoid the surgical site. An antimicrobial mouth rinse will be prescribed to you that can help prevent infection. Avoid the use of an electric toothbrush at the surgical site as the vibration that is generated may cause loosening of the components and/or stitches. 


Rest: It’s important to rest for the first few days after surgery to allow your body to heal. Avoid any strenuous activities or exercise. Avoid smoking: Smoking can delay the healing process and increase the risk of infection. It’s best to avoid smoking entirely, but if you can’t, try to avoid smoking for at least 48 hours after surgery.