After Dental Implant Surgery

Post-operative instructions for Dental Implants

  • Do not disturb the wound. Avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the wound on the day of surgery. There may be a metal healing abutment protruding through the gingival (gum) tissue.
  • Placement of endosteal implants usually do not create a great deal of pain. Start taking Advil first before proceeding with any prescription medications.
  • You will be able to brush the area within the first 24 hours, using a very soft, moist toothbrush. Do not avoid brushing the area entirely. Most times the sutures that were placed are approximately 8-12 days.
  • If a one-stage implant was placed so that you can actually see the metal part protruding from the gum tissue, it is very important for you to keep this area as clean as possible. You may start with a Q-tip dipped in mouthwash or even warm salt water; clean just the metal part protruding from the tissue. Then you can proceed to a soft, moist toothbrush.
  • Avoid chewing hard foods on the implant sites. Chewing vigorously during the healing phase can decrease the body’s ability to heal around the implant.

If you have an immediate need and require emergency care, please call us anytime, day or night, at Columbus Office Phone Number 706-324-6106 and we will be glad to assist you.

Dental implants act as the foundation for replacement teeth