Post Operative Instructions

Dental Implant Post Operative Instructions

Be sure to follow your doctor's instructions after your surgery to ensure proper healing.
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Ensuring Proper Healing

Your recovery period following the procedure is crucial for the overall success of your surgery. Therefore, it's important that you avoid disturbing the surgical site, especially if a blood clot needs to form. If you experience discomfort, you can use cold and hot compresses and over-the-counter pain medication. We recommend that you take it easy for the first few days after surgery, drink plenty of water, and eat nutritious food to facilitate your recovery. During your visit to the Florida Dental Implant Institute, we will explain your post-operative instructions to ensure that you are comfortable with the healing process before the treatment begins.

Ensuring Proper Healing

Dental Implant Placement Healing

Do not disturb the wound. Avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the wound on the day of surgery. There will be a metal healing abutment protruding through the gingival (gum) tissue.


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Minor bleeding is normal for the first 24 hours after your surgery. If you experience more excessive bleeding, bite down on a gauze pad placed over the wound for 30 minutes. Contact our office immediately if you have prolonged bleeding or bleeding that cannot be controlled.


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It is perfectly normal to experience minor swelling immediately after surgery, and this may persist for a few days. To reduce swelling, you can hold an ice pack or a bag of ice wrapped in a towel against your cheek. It is best to apply this ice as often as possible for the first 36 hours after surgery.


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If you experience any discomfort after the local anesthetic wears off, you can take pain medication such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil). However, it's important to follow the instructions for the number of medications you can take in a given time period. If you've been prescribed medication, make sure to take it only as instructed. If you experience severe or persistent pain, please contact our office immediately.


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If you have been prescribed antibiotics, it is important to take them exactly as instructed by your doctor until you have completed the full course of medication. Antibiotics are crucial for preventing infection, which is vital for the success of your surgery.

Oral Hygiene

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Please use any prescribed mouthwash as directed, usually the night after your surgery before you go to bed. For the next few days, use this mouthwash 1-2 times daily (in the morning and at night) and start rinsing your mouth with warm salt water 4-5 times a day, particularly after eating. You can resume brushing your teeth and the surgical site gently with a soft toothbrush after twenty-four hours.


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It is important to drink the recommended amount of water every day and consume nutritionally rich foods to help the body recover from surgery. Avoid consuming hot foods or drinks and chewing foods directly on the implant site. Following surgery, stick to a soft food diet such as protein shakes, yogurt, applesauce, etc. You can resume a normal diet within a few days or as directed by your doctor.


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It's important to avoid exercising or engaging in physical activities that can cause an increase in blood flow. This activity can disturb the surgical site during the first week after your surgery. Additionally, you should avoid activities that may increase the risk of impact or injury to your mouth. If you experience any complications such as bleeding or throbbing at the surgical site during exercise, please stop immediately and contact our office.

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Don't Let Dental Anxiety Negatively Implant Your Health

Unfortunately, avoiding dental care can lead to various health problems such as pain, oral health issues, and worsened anxiety, resulting in the need for more complex and costly procedures. Neglecting oral care can also make teeth more prone to decay and gum disease. If left unchecked, gum disease can progress to periodontitis and cause bacteria to spread throughout the body, leading to systemic infections and complications, especially for those with pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, respiratory disease, or heart disease. Fortunately, our experienced specialists offer affordable and comforting sedation dentistry that is just a phone call away. Our team is dedicated to making your oral surgery experience as comfortable as possible by explaining everything you need to know about your procedure and delivering precise surgery with the latest techniques and technology (including sedation).

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Rediscover the joy of a confident smile. With our state-of-the-art dental implant solutions, you're not just getting a procedure—you're investing in a lifetime of laughter, conversations, and moments shared. Whether you're looking to replace a single tooth or achieve a complete transformation, our expert team is here to guide you every step of the way.

Florida Dental Implant Institute specializes in implants and oral surgery. With 50+ years of combined expertise, we serve Naples, Marco Island, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and Lehigh Acres.

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