Post-Op Instructions

  1. The maximum amount of swelling and/or discomfort usually occurs within the first 3 days following surgery.  Use ice packs to control swelling for the first 1-3 days (20 minutes on/20 minutes off).

  2. Slight bleeding may continue for 1-3 days.  To control bleeding, maintain gentle pressure by biting on "damp" gauze that has been placed over the surgical area.  Keep steady pressure for 30 – 45 minutes. If bleeding continues, place the damp gauze or a moistened tea bag over the area and repeat the above instructions.

  3. For proper healing it is very important that your intake of food and water be adequate. You may not want to chew solid foods for several days or longer.  Avoid hot foods/drinks while you are still "numb."  Follow a nutritionally balanced liquid and soft food diet for 3-7 days.

  4. Avoid all excessive activity for the first day.  Do not disturb the surgical area.  Avoid alcoholic beverages and all forms of tobacco.  Unless instructed otherwise, you may continue to use any dentures, partials or retainers.

  5. Following dental implant surgery it is normal to experience some discomfort.  Before the "numbness" wears off, it is helpful to start taking the recommended dose of your prescribed pain medicine or an over-the-counter pain medicine such as:  Ibuprofen, Aleve or Tylenol.  Your local anesthetic ("numbness") may last over 24 hours (rare, but possible) and you should not be alarmed.

  6. Rinse gently, several times a day with your prescribed mouth rinse (i.e. Peridex, Periguard, etc.) to promote healing.  You will also use a warm salt water rinse in combination with the prescribed rinse.

  7. Continue with your oral hygiene program (brushing and flossing) but do this very carefully around the surgical site(s).  A clean mouth heals faster.

  8. If sutures were placed, they may need to be removed in 7-14 days.  It is normal for some to come out on its own.  It is necessary to keep your follow-up appointment in order to avoid infection.

  9. If a bone graft was placed, it is normal to feel small particles that may loosen.  Extra material is placed to compensate for this and you should not be concerned.

  10. If a sinus lift procedure or maxillary posterior implant was placed, you should refrain from blowing your nose, which may lead to post-operative complications.  You may need a decongestant to keep your sinuses clear.

  11. If you have any allergic reaction, generalized rash or any other serious complications, call our office immediately (539-6634 or 509-6634).  If there is any doubt and we cannot be reached go to the hospital emergency room.

Drs. Limbaugh and Stephenson are dentists providing dental procedures such as cleanings, fillings, crowns, teeth whitening, dental implants, and porcelain veneers in Huntsville.
Dr. Limbaugh and Dr. Stephenson are licensed as general dentists in the State of Alabama.