Preparation and Recovery

  • Prep and RecoveryBefore surgery, if you will be under sedation during the procedure, you will be instructed not to eat or drink anything for 8 to 12 hours. This will minimize post-surgical nausea. If the procedure is to be done under local anesthesia, there are no restrictions on eating or drinking before surgery.
  • Following dental implant surgery, you may experience some bleeding, which you can ease by biting down on a piece of gauze.
  • The sutures used are dissolvable and will require no removal after surgery.
  • Plan to rest following the procedure. You will receive a prescription for pain medication, which can be used if you have pain. Use an ice pack to control swelling. Don't plan to go out the night of your surgery.
  • You should be able to return to work the day after surgery. However, make sure that you don't have major commitments during the week following your surgery. Most people continue to experience some discomfort and swelling for 7 to 10 days. Make sure you speak about this with your surgeon before surgery so you can make adequate preparations.
  • You may be given antibiotics to take after your dental implant surgery.
  • During your recovery, it is essential that you maintain excellent oral hygiene. Poor care will result in chronic swelling of gum tissue, which is a major contributor to implant failure. Plan to see your dentist about four times a year to keep track of your implant's health.