The Do’s and Don’ts After Dental Implant Surgery

Posted on June 28, 2020

x-ray view of a placed dental implant

Ensuring successful dental implants treatment involves many factors, many of which are in the control of your surgical and restorative dentist(s). However, a significant part of your treatment is your recovery process, which is fully in your hands. Failure to follow all instructions after your surgery could risk implant failure. Thankfully, your post-operative instructions will be simple to follow, and before you know it, you’ll be back to full health and function—and a brand-new smile! Here are the most common do’s and don’ts you can expect after dental implant surgery:

DO rest for a few days.

Though oral surgery isn’t as involved as surgery on a major organ, it is traumatizing for your body, nonetheless. Be sure you’ve prepared for a few days of rest by ensuring you have a friend or family member who can provide assistance, food preparation, or take care of children or pets.

DO take prescribed medications.

Your dentist will most likely prescribe mild pain medication to be taken for a few days after your surgery. This will help relieve any discomfort and aid in reducing swelling at the treatment site.

DO care for your teeth.

While you won’t be able to brush or floss your teeth for a part of your recovery, there are other ways you can care for your teeth. Clean your mouth by gently swishing warm salt water. 

DON’T skip your follow-up appointments.

Your dentist will schedule one or more follow-up appointments after the day of your surgery. Be sure to attend all these visits! At these appointments, your dentist will check to see that you are healing properly, and they don’t see anything suspicious.

DON’T exercise or lift heavy objects.

Any sort of physical strain on your body can affect healing at the treatment site. Putting off exercising for a little while helps ensure that no unnecessary swelling or bleeding occurs.

DON’T resort to old habits.

Smoking, tobacco use, drinking alcohol, or neglecting oral health can all increase the risk for complications with your recovery. If you had these vices before your treatment, try to reduce or eliminate these bad habits completely.

Schedule your appointment

Recovering from dental implant surgery may sound daunting, but by carefully following all instructions, you’ll be fully healed in no time. Schedule your appointment with your dentist today to learn more.