Post-operative Instructions Following a Dental Implant and/or Bone Graft

  1. Bleeding: Some bleeding is normal after the procedure. Bite down on gauze IF provided for about 30 minutes to help control bleeding. If bleeding persists, replace with fresh gauze and continue pressure.
  2. Swelling: Swelling around the surgical site is common. Apply an ice pack to the affected area for 20 minutes on, then 20 minutes off, for the first 24 hours to reduce swelling.
  3. Pain Management: You may experience some discomfort. Take prescribed or over-the-counter pain medication as directed by Dr. Wilhite. Avoid aspirin as it can increase bleeding.
    Most effective pain management is Tylenol and Ibuprofen combination (Tylenol 500 mg and Ibuprofen 600 mg) 3 times daily with food.
  4. Medications: Take any prescribed antibiotics as directed by Dr. Wilhite to prevent infection. Finish the entire course of antibiotics, even if you start feeling better.
  5. Oral Hygiene: It’s essential to maintain good oral hygiene but avoid brushing or flossing around the surgical site for the first 24 hours. Afterward, you may resume gentle brushing until the surgical site is healed. Gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water (1 teaspoon of salt dissolved in a glass of warm water) several times a day, starting 24 hours after surgery. Avoid using commercial mouthwashes, as they may irritate the surgical site. Only use specific rinses provided to you by Dr. Wilhite unless otherwise advised.
  6. Diet: Stick to soft foods for the first few days following surgery. Avoid hard, crunchy, or spicy foods that may irritate the surgical site. Gradually reintroduce solid foods as tolerated.
  7. Activity Restrictions: Avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting for the first few days after surgery. Rest and allow your body to heal.
  8. Follow-up Appointments: Attend all scheduled follow-up appointments with Dr. Wilhite. We will monitor your healing progress and remove any stitches if necessary.
  9. Avoid Smoking and Alcohol: Refrain from smoking and or vaping and drinking alcohol for the first few days, as they can delay healing and increase the risk of complications and implant failure.
  10. Contact Dr. Wilhite: If you experience excessive bleeding, severe pain, swelling that worsens after the first 48 hours, persistent fever, or any other concerns, contact our office immediately. Remember to follow these instructions carefully to promote proper healing and reduce the risk of complications. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to Dr. Wilhite and his team. 704-987-2277