Dental Implant Post-Operative Instructions

These instructions serve as a guide for patients who have undergone a dental implant procedure at Smile Science Dental Spa in Glendale, AZ. It contains step-by-step instructions to ensure the proper care and healing of the implant site.


Pain Management

  • Prescription Pain Medication: If prescribed, use as directed. Avoid driving or operating heavy machinery while on prescription pain medications.

  • Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers: After the procedure, some discomfort is expected. Take over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen as directed. Ensure you follow the recommended dosages and consult our dentists if you have any concerns. See the following chart for reference.

Time Ibuprofen Tylenol
1:00 PM 400 mg None
5:00 PM None 500 mg
7:00 PM 400 mg None
  • Take medications as directed. The above dosages are for healthy, normal-functioning adults. If you have renal, or liver impairment, do not follow these instructions. Also, these instructions are not suitable for children. Additionally, your physician may advise against one or more of these medications depending on your health conditions, it is your responsibility to inform your dentist of these limitations. If you have questions or concerns and you are patient of ours, contact us and discuss with Dr. Dawson or Dr. Turke.

Swelling and Bruising

  • Cold Compress: Use a cold compress or ice pack on the cheek near the surgical site. Apply for 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off during the first 24 hours to reduce swelling.

  • Elevate Head: Keep your head elevated, even while sleeping, for the first couple of days.

  • Bruising: Some patients might experience slight bruising. This is normal and should subside within a week.

Oral Hygiene

  • Saltwater Rinse: Beginning the day after surgery, gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) after meals to keep food particles away from the surgical site.

  • Brushing: Continue to brush your teeth as normal, avoiding the surgical area for the first couple of days.

  • Avoid Mouthwash: Do not use commercial mouthwashes containing alcohol, as they can irritate the surgical site.

Dietary Recommendations

  • Soft Diet: Stick to a soft diet for the first few days. Examples include mashed potatoes, pudding, yogurt, and soft pasta.

  • Avoid Hot Foods and Beverages: They can increase swelling and discomfort.

  • Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water, but avoid using straws as the suction can disturb the surgical site.

Activity Restrictions

  • Rest: Take it easy for the first 24-48 hours after the procedure.

  • Avoid Strenuous Activity: Refrain from heavy lifting and intense physical activity for at least a week.

Other Precautions

  • Avoid Smoking: Smoking can inhibit the healing process and increase the risk of complications.

  • Avoid Touching the Surgical Site: Do not poke or touch the area with your tongue or fingers.

  • Wearing Prosthetics: If you wear a denture or partial denture, our dentists will provide specific instructions.

Follow-up and Sutures

  • If sutures were placed that do not dissolve, a follow-up appointment would be needed for their removal. Please keep this appointment.

  • Attend all scheduled follow-up appointments to ensure the implant is healing correctly and to address any concerns.

Remember, always follow the given instructions closely, and don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Smile Science Dental Spa in Glendale, AZ with any concerns. Your comfort and health are of utmost importance to us.

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