What to do after your implant surgery
When you leave the office after implant surgery, the area will be numb. It is important not to eat anything that you have to chew. You may have prescriptions for pain medication and antibiotics - have these filled on the way home if possible. You will need to begin taking them immediately. Apply a cold pack to the area after implant surgery - a zip lock with ice covered in a towel is fine, a rice bag put in the freezer for 20 minutes is perfect. You will want to apply the cold pack for 20 minutes and remove it for 20 minutes and repeat for the first 24 hours as much as possible to keep inflammation and swelling down. You may notice a small round healing cap flush with the gum-line over the implant. This cap protects the implant and helps the gums to form properly as they heal. This cap must stay in place. If the cap unscrews and comes loose, keep it and notify the office. It will need to be replaced. If you have any stitches, they will dissolve.