After Dental Implant Surgery

Like any surgery, receiving dental implants require planning before and after your procedure. Our team at Stafford Oral Surgery & Specialists will give you instructions on any restrictions or requirements for your surgery, especially for anesthesia or IV sedation administration. We also have instructions online for anesthesia/IV sedation for your convenience.

Your dental implants will require a recovery period for which you should plan ahead of your procedure. Rest and relaxation are important after any surgery, and you may also be groggy from sedation and unable to drive for 24 hours after your procedure. You should have a trusted adult drive you home from your surgery and be available to help you get the medications, fluids and other care you need while you recover.

What to Expect During Recovery

Our team will advise you on what to expect after your surgery and give you a list of possible signs of complications. With the proper rest, fluids, medications and nourishment, most dental implant patients recover within a few days. Here are some basics on what to expect after you get home from your dental implant surgery:

  • Bleeding. Some bleeding is normal. Bite down on the gauze and replace every 30 minutes. If the bleeding does not slow down or is filling up your mouth quickly, call our office.
  • Swelling. Use an ice pack on the outside of your mouth at the surgical site/sites during the first 36 hours. This will help reduce swelling.
  • Use prescribed medications. You may receive special mouth rinses and medications to use after your surgery. Follow your surgeon’s instructions on these medications.
  • Drink plenty of fluids. It is important to rehydrate after surgery. Drink at least 5-6 glasses of water or fluids a day, but avoid hot beverages during the 24 hours after surgery.
  • Limit activity. Take it easy for the day or two after surgery. Vigorous exercise or activity can cause excessive bleeding.

If you have any questions or concerns after your dental implant surgery, do not hesitate to contact Stafford Oral Surgery & Specialists for information.