Some bleeding is normal for the first 24 hours after surgery. To control excessive bleeding, bite down firmly on a gauze pad for 30 minutes.

Swelling is also expected after the surgery.  To help minimize swelling, apply an ice bag on the face near the incision site for 20 minutes and then remove for 20 minutes and repeat.

Once the local anesthetic wears off, you may feel some pain and discomfort in your gum and jaw.  For moderate pain, either one or two Tylenol may be taken every three to four hours, or two to three 200 mg Ibuprofen tablets (such as Advil or Motrin) may be taken every three to four hours as needed for pain. For severe pain, prescribed medication should be taken as directed.

Implant surgery, you may have a metal abutment protruding through the gum tissue or sutures over where the implant was placed.  It is important that a blood clot be allowed to form at the incision site to help the healing process.  For the first 24 hours after surgery, avoid the following activities as they may dislodge the clot:

  • Disturbing the wound
  • Rinsing vigorously
  • Spitting
  • Sucking on straws
  • Smoking
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Drinking carbonated beverages

Take any prescribed antibiotics as directed to help prevent infection. Drink plenty of fluids. For 24 hours after the surgery, stick to soft, lukewarm foods but avoid hot liquids or food as they can prolong bleeding. After 24 hours, you may return to your normal diet unless you were given different instructions. Use warm salt-water rinses consisting of one teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water at least four to five times a day or prescribed oral mouth rinse as instructed.

When brushing your teeth, be gentle around the incision areas.  For the first 24 hours, avoid strenuous activity as the resulting increase in blood pressure can cause throbbing or bleeding.