Post Operative Instructions for Dental Implants

The placement of dental implants usually does not create a great deal of pain. In order to assure the best possible results, certain instructions should be followed after surgery.


Some bleeding is normal the first 24 hours after surgery. Applying pressure by biting gently on gauze for 20-30 minutes should control bleeding. You should replace gauze as needed.


You may take over the counter Tylenol® or Advil® every 4-6 hours. If Dr. Fross prescribed another regimen, please follow the instructions on the medication bottle. If antibiotics are prescribed, please take as directed until they are all gone. If an allergic reaction occurs, please discontinue use of medication and contact our office immediately. WOMEN PLEASE NOTE that some antibiotics may interfere with the effectiveness of birth control pills.


The use of an ice pack on the outside of the cheek for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off can reduce possible swelling.

Oral Hygiene:

Starting the day after surgery, you may begin brushing, staying away from the surgical site with your toothbrush. You may also rinse your mouth gently with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon salt to 6 oz. warm water). Return to rinsing with the peridex on the second day after surgery.

Dentures, Partials, Flippers, etc.:

Should be left out for at least 1 week following surgery. Adjustment to your denture or flipper can be made at your post operative appointment.


Smoking can be a large risk factor in post operative inflammation or infection, which could lead to the loss of your implant.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact our office immediately at (650) 328-2322.