Home Care for Dental Implant Surgery

At Seattle Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we want you to have the best experience possible with your dental implants. Please follow these important home care instructions from Dr. Wasson, Dr. Wang and Dr. Amini following your surgery.

Do Not Disturb

Be careful not to disturb or touch your surgical wound. You will notice a metal abutment extending up from your gums – this is normal. Do not rinse or spit aggressively on the day of surgery. It is very important to keep the site undisturbed for the first 24-48 hours to ensure optimal healing.

Pain Control

As soon as anesthesia begins to wear off at home, you should start to take pain medication. Over-the-counter pain medications such as Tylenol and ibuprofen should be used for mild or moderate pain. If severe pain persists, please follow the prescribed medicine plan given to you in our office. Keep in mind, do not take multiple medications at the same time unless advised by us to do so. Do not drive or work with machinery and avoid alcohol while using prescription pain medication. Any unused prescriptions should be returned to the pharmacy for proper disposal once you are feeling better.

Post-Op Bleeding

Bleeding is to be expected for up to 24 hours. If you experience excessive bleeding, bite on a gauze pad for 30 minutes. If the bleeding continues after that, please call our office.

Swelling and Ice

Swelling is normal and can be minimized by applying ice (covered in a towel to protect the skin) to the outer cheek. Apple ice for the first few days for 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off.

Rinsing after Implant Surgery

The day after your surgery, you should rinse with our prescribed antimicrobial mouthwash very gently twice, each time for 30 seconds. It is also important to rinse with warm salt water (dissolve one teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) four to five times a day, especially after eating.

Eating after Implant Surgery

At first, focus on drinking plenty of room temperature or slightly warm fluids. Then you may gradually add in soft foods at a pace that feels right to you. Avoid straws for several days.


If you were prescribed antibiotics, be sure to take them all until they are complete.

We are here to answer any questions you may have about your recovery or the dental implant process – simply give us a call at Seattle Office Phone Number 206-632-0220.