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Eating & Drinking
A nutritious liquid or soft diet is necessary for the 2-3 days. After that you can gradually progress to harder foods. Do not smoke or consume alcohol! Nicotine and alcohol damage the surgical site and severely inhibit healing. Do not suck liquids into your mouth with a straw. Do not spit forcefully.

Prescribed Mouth Rinse
On the second day we encourage you to begin to use the mouth rinse prescribed. Rinse with it twice daily it is antibacterial and will speed the healing. Please continue to brush your teeth although you will need to avoid the teeth adjacent to the surgical site for a couple of day. Let the soreness be your guide.

After implant placement occasionally the healing cap may come loose this is normal and it is not the implant itself. Please call us with one day of this happening.

If you experience unusual pain, bleeding, swelling, or any special concerns, please call our office at 442-8062. Please don’t hesitate to call if you have a concern. We are here to help, and are happy to do so.

Post-Procedural Care

Following implant placement one can expect, to varying degrees, bleeding, swelling and discomfort. Here is a breakdown of the symptoms:

  • Bleeding: You will probably experience some oozing of blood for 24 hours. Do not be alarmed. This is quite normal.
  • Swelling is not unusual. Any swelling should peak at about 48 hours and then start to decrease. If swelling is anticipated or to help soothe the area an ice pack can be placed next to the surgical site and left in place for 20 minutes then 20 minutes off repeat as needed. This will help to prevent swelling by reducing blood flow in the area. Do not apply heat to the area because this will increase swelling. It is also a good idea to keep your head propped up slightly when resting for the first 72 hours. It is also important to take the ibuprofen as prescribed even if it is not needed for pain to manage swelling and inflammation.
  • To manage discomfort as you heal, please take the medication that was prescribed for you before the anesthetic has worn off. Then continue to take the medication by the clock for the remainder of that day and the next. 
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