To ensure a swift recovery and help you avoid complications with the healing of your surgical site following implant placement, our dentists recommend that you observe the following guidelines as closely as possible:

  • Avoid rinsing for the first day following your procedure.
  • The day after your procedure, begin rinsing with warm salt water (8 oz. water with ½ teaspoon of salt) every 2-3 hours. Do this for several days.  Then begin rinsing after meals and at bedtime for 2 weeks.
  • If you have been prescribed a mouth rinse, please use it as directed.
  • Use all prescribed medications as directed.
  • You may use mild over-the-counter pain relievers, such as Tylenol, Advil, or Ibuprofen, to relieve discomfort.
  • You may begin brushing your teeth the day after your procedure. Be sure to avoid the surgical site for several days.
  • If a temporary crown was placed on your implant, do not bite down until our dentists have given you permission to do so. Premature biting may cause your implant to fail.
  • Do not wear your denture or partial dentures until our dentists give you permission to do so.
  • Maintain a soft diet for several days following your procedure. You may resume your regular diet as soon as you feel comfortable to do so.
  • Swelling may occur following your procedure. Apply ice to the side of your face at 15 minute intervals for the first 48 hours.  Frozen vegetable bags wrapped in dishtowels are also an excellent choice for applying cold to swollen areas.  After 48 hours, switch to heat, and continue to use heat until the swelling has diminished.
  • If the cover screw or healing abutment loosens or falls out, please call our office so that we can replace it. Bring the loosened component to your appointment.
  • Keep your lips moist with chapstick or Vaseline to prevent them from cracking.
  • Do not smoke or use tobacco products. Use of tobacco products can cause your implants to fail.
  • Do not drive or operate machinery for 12 hours following your procedure.

If you have been prescribed an antibiotic and are currently taking oral contraceptives, you should use an alternate method of birth control for the remainder of this cycle.

Southport Dental uses stitches that are designed to dissolve and fall out on their own.  You can expect this to occur within 1-3 weeks, depending on the type of stitch used.

If you have any questions about your post-operative care or if you notice any unusual symptoms, please contact our office at 910-457-5026 to speak with a member of our team or schedule an appointment with Dr. Larry Hemby and Dr. L.D. Williams at our office in Southport, North Carolina.