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After Dental Implant/Grafting

“General Care After Oral Surgery” should be followed, in addition to these special instructions unique to your surgery. If you have any questions or problems, call our office at 604 924-8088. There is always an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon on call for emergencies. 

  • No chewing or pressure on the surgical sites until otherwise directed.
  • Avoid sharp, crispy foods, such as taco chips, melba toast etc. for a minimum of two weeks or until cleared by Dr. Sowden.
  • Avoid the use of a drinking straw, sports water bottle, coffee to go cup etc. for a 2 week period.
  • Please follow the individual instructions given to you on your day of surgery.
  • Smoking leads to implant failures. DO NOT SMOKE.
  • You will likely be prescribed a pain reliever, antibiotic and antibacterial mouth rinse (days 1-5 use full strength, days 6-10 dilute 50/50 with water).
  • A pain reliever can be taken if needed. The antibiotic and mouth rinse should be taken/used as prescribed. An ice pack can be applied as tolerated for the first 48-72 hours to help minimize swelling.
  • Dissolving sutures (stitches) are generally used during your surgery. These usually release or dissolve in 1 – 2 weeks. Loose sutures may be gently removed with tweezers or the long ends carefully trimmed. Any suture material remaining at your follow up visit will be removed by Dr. Sowden.
  • Old dentures or partial plates should not be worn unless they have been modified.
  • Temporary prostheses, dentures or partial dentures are intended for cosmetic purposes only. No chewing or pressure on the prosthesis and surgical site until Dr. Sowden advises.
  • A follow up appointment is usually 2 weeks following your implant or grafting surgery. This appointment may have already been made for you but if not kindly contact our office to schedule. If a prearranged appointment was made and is not suitable, please contact our office to change your date or time.