Pre-Surgery Instructions
September 3, 2013
September 3, 2013
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Dental Implants

Post Operative Dental Implant Instructions


  • Rest quietly with your head elevated for the remainder of the day following surgery.
  • Always get up slowly from a reclining position to prevent dizziness.
  • Limit physical activity, to encourage rapid healing please REST!


  • Ideally, pain medication should be taken BEFORE numbness wears off. You may wish to take your pain medication at our office immediately following surgery, but you MUST HAVE A DRIVER. If you do not have a driver, you may take the medication as prescribed as soon as you arrive at home.
  • Ibuprofen (Motrin) should be taken for the first 48 hours regardless of pain, it is a Non Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug, (NSAID) which will help with the swelling. (Adults do not exceed 800mg four times a day.)
  • If an antibiotic was prescribed, take it as directed until it is ALL GONE.
  • Some pain medications may cause lightheadedness. Lying down will help this.
  • Some medications may cause an upset stomach. Taking these with food will lessen this side-effect.


  • Do not brush, floss, rinse or spit the day of the surgery.
  • Do not use mouthwash.
  • Begin rinsing with the prescription Peridex mouth-rinse 24 hours after your surgery.
  • Do not rinse your mouth vigorously until all the sutures are removed.
  • Begin to brush the NON-SURGICAL areas the day following surgery remembering to rinse very gently.
  • Be prepared to leave your dentures or partials out for approximately one week.


  • Maintain a balanced diet.
  • Eat softer foods, such as pasta, eggs, fish, yogurt, cottage cheese, baked potatoes, or hot cereals.
  • Avoid sharp, spicy, acidic or chewy foods for several days. Also avoid foods with small seeds.


  • Fluids should be consumed as soon as possible. It is recommended that you drink 6-8 glasses of water over the remainder of the day following surgery.
  • Avoid using a straw as it may cause a suction, which may loosen clotting, causing bleeding.


  • Some seepage of blood is expected, however, extensive bleeding should not occur. If such bleeding should occur, apply firm pressure with moist gauze or a moistened tea bag to the area for 20 minutes. If bleeding does not subside, please call!

Swelling and Bruising:

  • Some swelling often occurs and this is normal in the healing process. However, if swelling seems excessive and is accompanied by fever or pain, please call immediately.

Surgical Stent (if one was provided):

  • The plastic stent is used to protect the surgical site. Wear it continuously until instructed, removing only to clean.


  • Avoid the use of alcohol 2 days after the surgery or until you are no longer taking medication. It is a blood thinner and may cause bleeding and delay the healing process.


  • We strongly advise NO SMOKING 2 weeks before and after surgery. Smoking delays healing, increases discomfort, and may encourage bleeding and infection in the surgical site.

If you have any questions or concerns please call us!

Dr. Karl Zeren
Dr. Karl Zeren
Dr. Zeren and his staff are here to help you attain your treatment objectives by providing the highest level of Professional care in a manner that is comfortable and pleasant. We consider our role to be that of educators as well as clinicians, your questions are always welcomed and encouraged. We want to establish a relationship of mutual understanding, trust and respect. We are committed to providing technical excellence with exceptional attention to patient comfort.

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