Do not disturb the wound around the dental implant. Avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the wound around the dental implant on the day of surgery. There will be a metal healing abutment protruding through the gingival (gum) tissue.
Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24-48 hours. Excessive bleeding (your mouth fills up rapidly with blood) can be controlled by biting on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound near the dental implant for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues, please call for further instructions.
Swelling is a normal occurrence after any type of surgery, including dental implant surgery. Swelling is typically at its worst 48-72 hours after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice bag, or a plastic bag, or towel filled with ice on the cheek in the area of the dental implant surgery. Apply the ice 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off.