After surgery, the last thing you want to worry about is a complication caused by poor postoperative care. We aim to help patients achieve the best results after surgery by integrating a postoperative plan into their lives until they fully recover. Following this plan will make their recovery faster and more successful.


It is crucial to avoid irritating the wound after the placement of dental implants. You should avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the wound on the day of surgery. Some doctors may even advise you to avoid blowing your nose. You usually experience some bleeding, pain, and swelling after your surgery, but you can keep these post-op irritations to a minimum by following certain tricks.

Following the procedure, maintain steady pressure over the surgical site for one hour. Pressure reduces bleeding and allows clotting to form. Gently remove the compress. If bleeding persists, place another compress and keep steady pressure on the area for one hour. We recommend applying a moistened tea bag to the site for 30 minutes to stop bleeding. If case bleeding persists, please get in touch with our office for further instructions.

Limiting or reducing your oral activity as much as possible is essential following surgery. Avoid unnecessary eating, drinking, and talking. These oral activities may hinder proper healing.


If an ice pack is unavailable, fill a heavy plastic bag with crushed ice, and cover it with a soft cloth to avoid skin irritation. If any swelling occurs in the area of surgery, an ice pack can be applied directly to the cheek or jaw. By securing the end, you can refreeze and reuse frozen bags of peas as ice packs.

To prevent excessive swelling and discomfort following the procedure, it is advisable to apply an icepack for two to four hours — 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off — for two to four hours. In the first 24 hours, you may experience swelling and possibly a fever of 99° to 100° F. You should apply the ice as often as necessary.


As soon as the anesthesia wears off and your feeling has returned to normal, begin taking medication as directed by your doctor to minimize discomfort from the pain. The 200 mg tablets of Tylenol or Ibuprofen are available over the counter for moderate pain. Two to three tablets can relieve the pain every three to four hours. If you experience severe pain, you should take the prescribed medication as directed. If you experience significant pain, take the prescribed narcotic medication.

When the anti-inflammatory medication is prescribed, take it with food immediately following the procedure and directions. For mild to moderate pain, you can take 600 mg of Ibuprofen every six hours if you have not been prescribed any anti-inflammatory medication and don’t have an allergy to Aspirin or Ibuprofen (Motrin). If you are allergic to any of these medications, or your doctor has instructed you not to take them, do not take them. 

Prescribed antibiots to help prevent infectioono are usually started an hour or two prior to implant surgery, and continued for about a week afterward. Remember, in terms of compresses and foods, administer cold items for the first 24 hours and then warm afterward.

Ongoing Oral Hygiene

It is imperative to maintain good oral hygiene. During the first 24 hours after surgery, rinse with warm salt water (a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water). Then, repeat every meal or snack for seven days to minimize the disturbance of the blood clot.

Brush your tongue with a dry toothbrush to limit bacteria growth, but avoid touching the surgical site. Resume regular tooth brushing after two days, but do not disturb the surgical site.



Even though eating might seem like the last thing on your mind after dental surgery, it’s still important to nourish it. During the first two weeks after surgery, avoid hot liquids, spicy foods, acidic juices, chips, popcorn, and carbonated beverages. Instead, you should consume soft, cool food and liquids in the first two weeks after surgery, then return to your regular diet.

Maintain a regular mealtime, eat nutritious foods, and hydrate your mouth regularly with liquids, during meals, and between them. However, be careful not to disturb the blood clot.

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Renae Williams
Renae Williams
Everyone is this office is amazing! From the lady who took my payment as well as the ladies that took my x-rays and scans, they were all super nice. Bre did everything she could to make sure I was approved for financing that was within my budget and Kristina was a sweetheart. Dr. Collins loves what he does and explains everything you need to know. He really helps you feel relax.
Oct 27, 2022
Shontai Thomas
Shontai Thomas
Normally I have anxiety right before a dental appointment. Dr. Collins and his staff were very professional. I learned a lot about myself today. Dental problems have a huge impact on our lives. Thank you so much for the pleasant experience today! I will definitely be back 💙
Nov 03, 2022
Lee Desiree D
Lee Desiree D
Waiting time is unexceptionable, staff and assistance try their best with this unprofessional doctor. He made my permanent bridges on both side of my mouth when I actually came in for implants. The lab made them twice and if felt too big for my mouth which by the way came off at some point and had to be reglued (hence not permanent at all). I was had for almost 4 thousand out of pocket only to go somewhere else in less than a year to remove them. He had also informed me of doing work on my upper mouth when I did not need it. New patients be aware and do your research on this place.
Feb 11, 2023
Matt W
Matt W
Been going to manvel dental for a few months now unfortunately i needed bone and full hybrid bridges. That's the worst part. The best part is all the staff front & back, gino & dr. Collins. These guys are awesome 0 pain form day 1. There facility is amazing, clean, and relaxing. I am 40 and never thought I'd like going to the dentist but the cowboy dentist is just to cool to pass on
Feb 21, 2023
Ola Williams
Ola Williams
GREAT and THANKS are the only words I can share with you about this office and employees. I have been using this office for years, and the service has always been magnificent. I have gotten extractions and implants, and I have been truly satisfied.
Mar 06, 2023

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