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What to do after placing a dental implant
To do
  • Eat on the opposite side for 2 weeks
  • You don't need to bite on gazes
  • Return a normal diet as soon as possible
  • Do not brush the surgical site for 2 weeks
To avoid
  • No smoking for 2 weeks

  • Avoid rinsing, spitting and drinking with a straw the first day so as not to dislodge the blood clot.


  • Do not eat foods that are too hot or spicy the first day. (including coffees)

  • Eating foods rich in protein and vitamin C is recommended.

To help

  • Brush your teeth well and floss.

  • Lightly brush the surgical site if you are able to avoid touching the gumline


  • Take antibiotics (penicillin, amoxicillin, clindamycin, zithromax) as directed for 7 or 10 days. (if prescribed)

  • Do not stop antibiotics unless you develop an allergy (eg rash)

  • Take painkillers and/or anti-inflammatories (ibuprofen, Advil, Tylenol) as needed.

  • If insufficient, take those with codeine (Empracet, Percocet, Percodan) as needed (do not drive as they may cause dizziness).

  • If your dentist has prescribed Dexamethasone, remember to decrease the dose as recommended. Also, swelling can sometimes occur when this medication is finished.

  • If your stomach does not tolerate the medicine, call your dentist.

  • Taking Aspirin can increase bleeding.


  • If you have swelling, you can apply cold compresses to the side of the cheek for 20 min/h.


  • If the sutures are non-absorbable, they will be removed by your dentist after 1 to 4 weeks depending on healing.

In case of emergency or if you have any questions, do not hesitate to call us.

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