Post Op Implant Instructions


  1. It is advisable to keep quiet and generally take it easy for the first 24 hours following surgery (longer if recommended by Dr. Semmel). Keep your head elevated while resting for the first 24 hours. 
  2. Drink plenty of liquids following surgery. Avoid hot liquids.
  3. Apply an ice pack to face, alternating 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off for the first 24 hours as needed to prevent swelling.
  4. Slight bleeding mixed with saliva is common for the first few days following surgery.
  5. You can expect some mild discomfort during the first few days after surgery. If extractions or bone grafting is completed at the time of surgery, discomfort may be increased.  Swelling and bruising could occur up to 2-3 days following surgery.
  6. Do not use a straw for 48 hours after surgery.
  7. Do not smoke for two days following surgery. Not smoking for up to two weeks is advisable.  Smoking can lead to increased bleeding and can slow the healing process.
  8. Begin using antibacterial mouth rinse the evening of surgery. This should be used three times a day until Dr. Semmel instructs you to discontinue its use.  Rinse gently and do not spit forcefully.  You may brush your teeth, but avoid the surgical site.
  9. Slight elevation of temperature is normal during the first few days after surgery.
  10. Avoid alcohol consumption while taking narcotic medication.
  11. To stop excessive bleeding, bite firmly on gauze packs and leave them in your mouth for at least 10 minutes. If bleeding continues, bite on a moistened tea bag for 30 minutes.  Moisten the tea bag with warm to hot water.  If bleeding continues, contact our office.
  12. Do not pull at your lips or cheeks to check the surgical site. This action could possibly tear your sutures.
  13. Take your medications as prescribed. To avoid stomach discomfort, be sure to eat and drink something prior to taking your medication.
  14. If sinus lift was performed at the time of the implant placement, do not blow your nose for 2 weeks. Take decongestants if necessary.  Also, keep your mouth open when sneezing.
  15. Only liquids and soft foods should be consumed on the day of surgery. You may increase your diet and start chewing on the second day.  It is possible that Dr. Semmel may advise soft and liquid foods throughout the first week of healing.  Do not chew directly on the surgical site until instructed by Dr. Semmel.
  16. You may wear dentures or partial dentures throughout your healing if Dr. Semmel has adjusted them at the time of surgery. Remove them if they become painful.

Please do not hesitate to call our office at 910-509-1422 if you have any post operative concerns. Alternate phone 910-620-3897.