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Dental implant surgery is a groundbreaking procedure that can beautifully restore the aesthetics and functionality of one’s mouth. But like all surgical treatments, the post-operative phase is critical to ensure proper healing and the long-term success of the implant. I’m Dr. Wayne Suway, and I’ve assisted countless patients through their dental implant journeys. Today, I’m sharing five crucial things you should avoid after your implant surgery to ensure a smooth recovery.

1. Avoid Vigorous Rinsing and Spitting

In the first 24 hours post-surgery, your mouth is in a delicate state. The surgical site is beginning to clot, which is the first step in the healing process. Vigorous rinsing or spitting can dislodge this clot, leading to complications like dry socket. Instead, if you must rinse your mouth, do so gently. You’ll likely be prescribed a saltwater solution or a special mouthwash – use it as directed.

2. Say No to Hard and Crunchy Foods

While that bag of chips or that apple might be calling your name, it’s best to resist for a while. Hard and crunchy foods can exert undue pressure on the surgical site, potentially damaging the implant. For the first few days, stick to soft foods like yogurt, mashed potatoes, or smoothies. Your implant and your dentist will thank you.

3. Say No to Smoking and Alcohol

Both smoking and alcohol can interfere with the body’s natural healing process. Smoking reduces blood flow to the surgical area, which can delay healing and increase the risk of complications. Alcohol, on the other hand, can interfere with the medications prescribed post-surgery and may also irritate the surgical site. It’s best to avoid both for at least a week following the procedure.

4. Wait on Strenuous Physical Activity

While getting back to your regular routine post-surgery might be tempting, it’s advisable to take it easy for a couple of days. Strenuous activities, be it heavy lifting or intensive workouts, can increase blood pressure and lead to bleeding at the surgical site. Give your body the rest it needs to heal.

5. Don’t Skip on Oral Hygiene

While you should be gentle around the surgical site, this doesn’t mean you should neglect oral hygiene. Keeping your mouth clean is paramount to prevent infections. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush, and be gentle while brushing around the implant area. Continue flossing your other teeth as usual but avoid the implant site for the first few days.

Have More Questions after Implant Surgery? Call Your Trusted Implant Dentist

Recovering from dental implant surgery requires a bit of patience, care, and understanding of what’s best for your implant’s longevity. By avoiding these five things, you set yourself on a path to a successful recovery and a beautifully restored smile.

Remember, every patient’s recovery can be different. Always follow the specific post-operative instructions provided by Dr. Wayne Suway. If you have questions or concerns about your dental implant surgery, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Your dental health is our top priority.

Posted on behalf of Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

1820 The Exchange SE Suite 600
Atlanta, GA 30339

Phone: (770) 953-1752


Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Contact Us

Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

1820 The Exchange SE Suite 600
Atlanta, GA 30339

Phone: (770) 953-1752

Opening Times:

Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

"I strive to provide my patients with quality, personalized dentistry. Because your smile is as unique as you are, I believe in taking the time to find out exactly what you need and what you want to achieve."

— Dr. Wayne Suway