Dental Implant Placement Surgery 2017-10-03T13:01:17+00:00

What to Expect: Post Dental Implant Placement Surgery

The incision wounds from dental implant surgery usually heal quickly and without complications if simple precautions are taken. Cooperation with your oral surgeon is important.

Here are some guidelines and instructions for you to follow to aid in the healing and recovery of your dental implant surgery: 

  • Rest at home, keep quiet, and generally take it easy for 24-48 hours following surgery. It may not be necessary to go to bed, however, it is important that you rest.
  • If you had general anesthesia or I.V. sedation, you may experience light-headedness, dizziness, and sleepiness following surgery. It is advisable not to stay alone. A responsible adult should stay with you for 12 hours after surgery.
  • We know what you are eager to see the surgery that has been performed. However, please do not forcefully pull your lips or cheeks away to inspect the surgical site. This action could tear your sutures or delay healing. 
  • The mouth may be gently rinsed with warm salt water solution starting around two hours after your surgery. This rinsing should be done frequently, especially after meals and before bedtime for one week. You may drink a moderate amount of liquids (water, milk, juice, etc.).


The surgical area will swell and may become quite large. After the procedure, apply an ice pack to the side of your face where the surgery was performed at 15 minutes intervals for the remainder of the day. A warm compress will aid in reducing swelling after the first 24 hours. Swelling usually reaches it maximum within the first 40 hours post-surgery and then slowly decreases.



Bruising sometimes occurs after implant surgery. It is natural result of the drilling involved to place the implants and you should not be alarmed if it occurs, the bruising often shows up a few days post-surgery and may be located either above or below the area that the implants were placed.


Please do not smoke for 24 hours.

Smoking may dry out the tissues and delay healing. Smoking can also cause you to bleed more and for longer periods of time. Learn more about the dangers of smoking during your surgical period.

Recommended Diet

No straws, please.  It is most important that you maintain a nutritious diet during the weeks of healing. The patient who maintains a good diet of soft foods generally feels better has less discomfort, and heals faster. Since you will be taking medication, it is important that you eat to prevent nausea.  Here are some foods we recommend:

Soft food diet post dental implant surgery

  • Asparagus
  • Cooked Carrot
  • Soft cooked vegetable
  • Peas
  • Soups/Stews
  • Soft boiled or scrambled eggs
  • Baked/Mashed Potatoes
  • Broiled fish
  • Stewed chicken
  • Yogurt
  • Oatmeal
  • Fruit Smoothies
  • Applesauce
  • Pudding Jello
  • Cottage cheese
  • Milk
  • Ice cream/Milkshakes


If you currently wear a full or partial denture or a single-tooth prosthesis (called a flipper) you may wear your appliance immediately after the implant surgery, unless your oral surgeon instructs you otherwise. Your appliance should be left in for the first 24 hours to help contour the gum underneath and minimize swelling. On the day following the surgery, your appliance may be removed for cleaning purposes (rinsing and brushing), but should not be left out for a long period of time.

Three days after surgery, your appliance may be left out for a period of time and at night. If your gums are excessively sore or you feel unusual pressure from your appliance, you should not wear it until you have seen your dentist or surgeon and have it adjusted.

You can expect to be uncomfortable for the first day after surgery. The second day may also be uncomfortable with some more noticeable swelling. On the third day, discomfort generally lessens, with progressive improvement thereafter.

Take your prescribed medication as directed. 

We are concerned about your well-being. If you experience any difficulty in breathing, excessive bleeding, persistent nausea/vomiting, or any pain that is unusual, please call us at any time.

Arlington: (703) 483-9591

Gainesville: (703) 753-7933