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Last Reviewed 14 September 2023

Medically reviewed by Dr. Peter Doherty, Bachelor Dent. Sc. (Trinity College Dublin) 2003, MFDS (RCSI), PG Cert Implant Dentistry (Newcastle), Implant Dentist

Instructions Following Implant Surgery

You will be numb for 1-2 hours following the dental implant procedure, during this period be careful not to bite your lip and tongue, or burn yourself with hot food or drinks.

After this numbness wears off expect some postoperative discomfort, which will subside in a few days. This is best managed with Paracetamol or Ibuprofen, which are both available over-the-counter. It is safe to take these together if necessary.

You will get a little bleeding after surgery - this is normal. Your saliva will normally be blood streaked for 1-2 days afterwards. However, if your mouth is filling up rapidly with blood, you should apply 30 minutes of constant finger pressure with a dampened handkerchief to the surgical site whilst sitting in an upright position.

If the bleeding does not stop, contact the practice for further advice.

Post operative swelling is common. This can be reduced during the first 24 hours by applying an ice pack wrapped in a towel to the face on the side of surgery (20 minutes on, 20 minutes off). Any swelling usually lasts 3-5 days.

Some Do's and Don'ts


  • Eat soft foods for the first week, and chew away from the area
  • Brush the rest of your teeth as normal
  • For the first 10 days use Corsodyl mouthwash three times per day. Each time you rinse, hold 10mls in your mouth for one minute. Be very gentle on the day of surgery.
  • Expect some discomfort, swelling, and maybe even a slight bruise
  • Finish any courses of antibiotics, if prescribed


  • Smoke or drink alcohol
  • Take physical exercise for 24 hours
  • Rinse your mouth vigorously on the day of surgery
  • Play with the wound
  • Brush the teeth around the wound until instructed
  • Lift your lip to look at the wound – this can disturb the site
  • Wear dentures until instructed to do so

If you are concerned about any aspect of your treatment, please don't hesitate to call us.