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Post op Implant placement


  • Please use provided gauze to place over the implant site with gentle pressure. 
  • It is normal for the site to bleed for couple of hours before the clot stabilizes. 
  • Some bruising can be expected, especially for patient that are on blood thinning medications. 


  • Patient can immediately return to normal diet chewing on the unaffected side ONLY, as long as the patient is able to AVOID food contact at the implant site. 
  • In general, it is recommended to avoid chewing contact to the implant for its entire recovery period, otherwise, failure of primary stability can occur. 
  • Chewing on implant can also lead to unscrewing of the healing cap which may be loosened prematurely.  

Oral hygiene care:

  • Gently brush remaining dentition but stay away from the implant site for the first week. 
  • After that, it is recommended to brush the top surface of the healing cap. 
  • If prescription mouthwash was given, gentle swish and spit as recommended. 

Pain control:

  • Over the counter pain medication can be taken such as Ibuprofen and / or Tylenol if you are able to take them. 
  • You may be prescribed a prescription pain medication to be taken if OTC medications are not adequate. 
  • These prescription pain medications can be taken with other forms of NSAID (Ibuprofen, Alleve), however please do not use additional acetaminophens (aka Tylenol). 
  • If able, we recommend that you stagger the medications thus alternate it every 3-4 hours as needed for pain control. 
  • Applying ice to the face for the first 24-48 hours will help with the swelling. 

Things to avoid: 

  • Avoid smoking which can lead to short and long term failure of the implant. 


  • Sutures (stitches) are resorbable unless informed by your surgeon. 
  • Sutures may become loose over the first several days.
  • Depending on the type of suture, it may last from a few days to several weeks.

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 your surgeon is not immediately available to answer your call, please call the hospital operator to transfer the call to ON CALL oral surgeon:

  • (515) 239-2011


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