Before and After Dental Implant Treatment

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In the course of our work we find that most of the patients are more or less worried before the surgical intervention. We also feel that after the intervention almost everybody finds it much more simple than before.


Some prior preparation and planning will help ensure that things go smoothly.


Please, read the instructions below carefully, and print it if possible, to be able to read it again. It makes you feel sure, you won’t forget anything and will make all the preparations.

  • Please wear loose fitting and comfortable clothing. It helps you feel free.
  • Contact lenses should not be worn during your surgery to prevent your eyes from drying out. Please refrain from facial make-up.
  • Try to plan no social activities the day and evening of the dental surgery.
  • Medications prescribed by your physician (i.e. for high blood pressure, etc.) should be taken at their regular time and dosage unless otherwise instructed.
  • Please advise us of any medications you are taking.
  • Alcoholic beverages must be avoided 12 hours prior to, and 48 hours after the procedure.
  • Aspirin-containing drugs should be discontinued for 7 days prior to surgery. Ibuprofen-type (Motin/Advil) drugs should be discontinued 2-3 days prior to surgery, if possible.



The next 24 hours following dental surgery:


  • TAKE YOUR ANTI-INFLAMMATORY (anti swelling) MEDICATION within one hour of your surgery. Then take it every 4 hours the remainder of the FIRST post-operative day. The day AFTER surgery, take it every 4-6 hours, as needed. Do not take it on an empty stomach to prevent nausea.
  • TAKE YOUR ANTIBIOTICS as directed on the bottle. Take your antibiotics until they are ALL finished. Do not take them at the same time as your pain medication. Wait about an hour in order.
  • NO EATING, CHEWING until the numbness goes away (about 2 hours). We want to be sure that you do not bite your cheeks, lips, or tongue while they are numb.
  • Use ice pack for 10-15 minutes and keep it off for 5 minutes, for the rest of the day following dental surgery. This will help minimize swelling.
  • LIE DOWN AND REST with your head above your heart during the day and tonight when you sleep.
  • NO RINSING out your mouth for at least 4 hours. Rins with warm salty water carefully afterwards.
  • NO BRUSHING your teeth for 24 hours, then avoid surgical area.


During the next 7 days following dental implant surgery:


  • NO alcoholic beverages
  • NO carbonated beverages


In general:


  • BLEEDING: Oozing is normal for the first 24-48 hours. If bleeding persist or increases, call our surgery for instructions.
  • Swelling is normal following surgery. This will diminish rapidly in the days after surgery. If it continues to increase, please call our surgery.
  • Take your prescriptions as indicated. If you were prescribed antibiotics, take them until they are finished. Take the pain medication only as long as you need it.
  • Eating: Eat soft food (spaghetti, soups, mashed potatoes..) and avoid the hard (hard toast, chips, nuts, popcorn..). Cool food after dental surgery will make you feel better because they soothe the surgical area.
  • Relax a lot! Not doing any hard physical work in the next 3-4 days following dental surgery nourishes recovery. Spoil yourself, let your body cure itself.

We are ready to answer your further questions, so do not hesitate to contact us.


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