Recovering from Dental Implant Surgery

In this special blog post, we thought we would take a moment to look at the recovery period of dental implant surgery. The post-operative stage of implant surgery is something we’re asked about all the time, and we’ve noticed that a whole lot of people have the wrong idea about the healing process.

By this end of this post, we hope you have a more precise understanding of the different approaches to implant surgery and their respective recovery processes. We’ll explore the various symptoms of early recovery, and we’ll tell you which signs to watch out for, as well as foods you should avoid during this crucial period.

We hope you enjoy this post, and if you have any questions while you’re reading, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Suzanne Caudry and her helpful team at (416) 928-3444.

Dental Implant Surgery Myths

Time and time again, we hear from clients who want dental implants, but they’re hesitant to follow through. They’re worried about the stigma that comes with implants, or they’re worried that their teeth will look fake. Some are worried about the durability of implants, and others are worried about the pain of post-operative recovery.

The team at Dr. Caudry’s facility is here to dispel these many harmful myths. Dental implants are incredibly common these days—among people of all ages and walks of life. People get implants for a variety of reasons, and it doesn’t mean that they were unable to care for their natural teeth. As for the appearance of implants, dental implants have the look—and strength— of natural teeth. Their resemblance to natural teeth is precisely why many people fail to realize just how pervasive they are.

Lastly, there is the issue of post-surgical recovery. Many envision themselves lying in bed for days or even weeks after an extensive implant surgery. They imagine themselves eating through a straw with swollen cheeks and severe headaches. While that might be the case for other operations, this is not the case for dental implant surgery when you’re under the care of professionals such as Dr. Caudry.

What to Expect During the Recovery Stage

If it’s not the nightmare that people assume it is, what can one expect from the recovery process?

Recovery symptoms take roughly 5-7 days to subside in the case of a conventional implant surgery where there are no bone grafts or tooth extractions. Recovery time for a single tooth replacement will be much shorter than if you received multiple implants. During this estimated week, you might experience swelling, slight discomfort, and minor bleeding.

The First Day of Recovery

The first day of recovery is often when symptoms are most severe. For the first 30 minutes after surgery, we advise you to apply pressure to the side of your mouth. Minor bleeding is common during these 30 minutes, so do not be alarmed.

You will be able to leave our facilities shortly after your surgery is complete. Upon returning home, you might notice swelling or slight discomfort, but this is completely normal. These are all signs that your body is healing itself. We recommend that you rest as much as you can on the first day. Your immune system will thank you for that extra bit of rest.

Is Pain Medication Recommended?

After your surgery is complete, we will give you a prescription for medication to help you through the week of symptoms. We advise you to take the medication regularly so as to stay ahead of any soreness or pain. There are also a number of alternatives to prescription pain medications. Some of our patients report having great success with using Advil and Tylenol for pain relief. Our recommended doses for these medications are:

  • 3 Advil Liqui-Gels and 2 Regular Strength Tylenol
  • 3 Advil Liqui-Gels and 1 Extra Strength Tylenol

Medications are to be taken every 4-6 hours, as needed and directed by a doctor. One of our knowledgeable team members will inform you of a pain management plan that’s catered to your specific needs and health situation. As every patient is different, we recommend talking to one of our professionals before taking any medication.

Do You Prescribe Antibiotics?

We prescribe antibiotics in some scenarios. As always, take the antibiotics as directed. These antibiotics will relieve pain and also protect you from minor infections.

Swelling After Dental Implant Surgery

Many people worry their faces will be incredibly swollen after receiving tooth implants. You should expect to see swelling for the 2-3 days following the procedure. For the first 24-hour period, we suggest placing an icepack on the swollen area. Place the icepack for twenty minutes, remove the ice pack for twenty minutes, and repeat.

If swelling persists, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Bleeding After Dental Surgery

Bleeding after your dental implant surgery is normal. If the bleeding persists after the first few hours, follow a few of these steps:

  • Elevate your head as you lie down
  • Apply gauze to the immediate area
  • Place crushed ice in your mouth

We strongly recommend you avoid vigorous rinsing during these stages as well. Too much rinsing could compromise the integrity of the new implant.

What Should I Eat During Dental Implant Recovery?

We suggest that you modify your diet for the duration of the recovery process. It is important that you avoid hard, acidic, or spicy foods, as those could cause discomfort or damage the implant.

Thankfully, there are many wonderful foods out there for you to enjoy. Some of these include:

  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Oatmeal
  • Rice
  • Bananas
  • Avocado
  • Noodles
  • Baked beans
  • And more

What About Brushing and Rinsing After Surgery?

Many people are wary of brushing and rinsing after receiving their dental implant, but they shouldn’t be. All that’s required is a little bit of caution and care. Following surgery, we give you an effective prescription mouthwash called Peridex. Use Peridex twice a day for four days following surgery. After the four days, apply a drop of Peridex to the surgical site with a Q-tip.

Brushing after surgery is also very straightforward. Avoid brushing the surgical site for ten days following surgery, while continuing to brush and floss the rest of your teeth.

Is There a Follow-Up Appointment?

We schedule a 10-day follow-up after your surgery. During the post-op visit, we will remove any sutures that have not dissolved, and also clear the surgical site.


Having a stunning smile has never been more accessible as it is with our beautiful dental implants. Restore your smile. Restore your confidence. Get in touch with Dr. Suzanne Caudry’s dental office today.