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Post op Implant placement & Bone graft

Post operative care:  Dental implants & Bone graft


Following general anesthesia or sedation, DO NOT drive a car or operate machinery for the remainder of the day.  DO NOT use alcoholic beverages for the remainder of the day.


  • Bleeding from the area of surgery is usually controlled using clean gauze packs placed directly over the site of bleeding and held in place by constant gentle pressure for periods until the bleeding is controlled.  Additional gauze is provided to replace it when over-saturated every 30 min to 1 hour at a time.  Spotting of blood on the gauze is adequate to stop placing the gauze.
  • You can brush your teeth the same day, except avoid brushing the implant site for one week.  When the sutures are removed, you can brush the implant site/healing cap normal.  Do not brush over the bone graft sites during its entire recovery. 
  • If mouth rinse has been prescribed, use as instructed with gentle swishing and spitting. 
  • Ice pack should be placed over the jaws for the first six hours to minimize swelling and pain.
  • Gradual onset of some swelling and muscle stiffness should be expected for a 3-4 days after oral surgery. 
  • Minimize smoking following surgery. 
  • If sutures are placed, expect it to loosen up within a couple of days to a week.  Some sutures are longer lasting that can last for weeks, please consult with your surgeons if concerned. 
  • If healing cap is positioned over the implant, it can loosen or fall out during its lengthy recovery.  It is not urgent to put it back if you are traveling away, but please return to our office at your convenience to place it back. 



  • The medication prescribed for you should be taken as directed.  It is advisable to take pain medications with some food to minimize stomach upset.  No alcoholic beverages should be used while taking pain medications and caution should be exercised while driving a vehicle when taking narcotic pain medications. 
  • First, if you are able to take NSAIDs (Ibuprofen, Advil, Aspirin, Aleve) and/or Acetaminophen (Tylenol), it can be consumed staggered together, alternating it every 3-4 hours as needed for pain. 
  • If you have been given narcotic prescription, the NSAIDs (Ibuprofen, Advil, Aspirin, Aleve) can be staggered together, alternating it every 3-4 hours as needed for pain. 


  • A liquid to soft chew diet is recommended the day of surgery.  Chew away from the surgery site during its entire recovery.  Slowly advance your diet to normal as tolerated. 



  • Activities for the first 24 hours following surgery should be minimal.  Rest with head elevated.  Activity as tolerated the following day. 

Please call with any questions to us:

During business hours: 

  • Ames (515) 232-6830
  • Marshalltown (641) 753-4130

Or after hours please call the Surgeon who performed your procedure:

  • Dr. Rudman (515) 450-9552
  • Dr. Kazwell (515) 231-2573
  • Dr. Cho (515) 520-9924

If you have an urgent problem and are unable to reach your doctor immediately, please call (515) 239-2011.  Ask for the Oral Surgeon on-call.