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After Dental Implant Surgery

Recommended care for patients following implant surgery

Columbia Dental Care & Associates recommends that patients get plenty of rest in the 48 to 72 hours following implant surgery. Resting will limit any post-surgery bleeding and help the mouth and gums heal quicker. Patients should drink plenty of fluids, but nothing too cold. Limit the swelling to the face by applying an ice pack in 20-minute intervals for two days. If an implant was placed in the upper portion of your mouth, try not to blow your nose for a period of two weeks. If you have to blow your nose, do so lightly.

Bleeding could occur in the mouth for 2 to 3 days following surgery. This is normal. You may also feel slightly uncomfortable the first two days and experience a mild fever. By the third day, you should begin to feel better. When hungry, you can eat but do not chew directly on the wound.