Post-operative Instructions

  1. Do not drink hot liquids for the first 24 hours (heat can stimulate bleeding). Avoid hard and crunchy food for the first 2 weeks. If possible, avoid chewing on the side where your surgery was performed. A soft diet is recommended such as oatmeal, pasta, chicken, fish, yogurt, soup, Ensure etc. Remember adequate nutrition is essential for feeling better as well as for healing.
  2. It is a common occurrence for saliva to be tinged with blood for the first 3-4 days, rinse gently with cold water to minimize this.
    • If you had a soft tissue graft and bleeding continues from the roof of your mouth, dampen a regular tea bag and place over the area. Apply firm pressure for 10 minutes.
  3. To minimize swelling, place an ice pack on your face over the involved area. Do this for the first 24 hours (10 minutes on, 10 minutes off).   Inflammation and/or swelling may get worse after 3-4 days. This is a normal part of the healing process. After 7-10 days the inflammation and discomfort should begin to subside.
  4. It is not unusual to have discomfort for at least the first week following your surgical procedure. You will be given prescriptions for medication to help tolerate the post-surgical recovery period. Take all medication according to the directions.
  5. Smoking may increase post-operative discomfort and may delay healing.
  6. DO NOT USE waterpik, manual or electronic toothbrush in surgical areas.
  7. Brush and floss NON SURGICAL areas as you normally would.
  8. Keep your tongue out of the surgical area. Tongue exploration may damage the surgical site.
  9. No vigorous exercise for the first 48 to 72 hours.
  10. For implants placed in the upper jaw, avoid forcefully blowing your nose.

If you have any questions or concerns please call (480) 786-0940.

Please note that if your dressing falls off it is NOT an emergency; please wait and contact our office during regular business hours.