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Dental Implant Post-Op Instructions

Surgical Instructions   Wisdom Teeth Extraction Post-Op Instructions

Before and aftercare is essential to the long term success of dental implants. What follows are recommendations for the patient who is receiving a dental implant (s) and/or implant related procedures.


Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal after surgery. Any excessive bleeding can be controlled by biting on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues please call us (303) 660-5651.


Swelling and bruising is a normal occurrence after surgery. This is best managed by:                                                               

  • Using ice packs on the area for the first 24 hours in 10 minute intervals 
  • Keeping your head elevated for the first 48 hours   
  • Limiting physical activity for the first 72 hours


Maintain a liquid/soft diet for the first 24 hours. You can advance your diet as tolerated after that. Please avoid any percussion chewing directly above the implant area. Avoid carbonated drinks, use of straws or spitting during the first 72 hours.


If you have been given any medications to assist with pain, swelling, or the possibility of infection please be sure to take them as directed by Dr. Bandrowsky.

Oral Hygiene

Beginning the following day you may resume brushing your teeth and rinsing gently. You should also begin using mouth rinse provided by our office twice daily. Any over the counter mouth rinse is OK to use as long as it is alcohol free.


Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery.


Refrain from smoking according to Dr. Bandrowsky's instructions.

Wearing your Prosthesis

If you normally wear a removable denture (flipper, retainer, partial), be certain to bring it to your surgical visit. If appropriate, you will be able to resume its normal use shortly after surgery. Occasionally, you will be requested to leave it out until adequate healing has occurred.