Implant Post-Op Instructions in Billings, MT

Empowering Your Recovery

Navigating the dental implant post-op phase is a critical step toward ensuring a successful and long-lasting result. Dr. Joseph Thomas and our dedicated team at Thomas Smile Design have laid the foundation for a confident, radiant smile, and now it's your turn to take charge of your recovery. By following these steps diligently, you'll not only expedite the healing process but also guarantee the enduring success of your new dental implants.

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Managing Bleeding

A little bleeding is normal after a dental implant procedure. Dr. Thomas advises gently biting down on the sterile gauze pads provided for about 30 minutes. Should bleeding persist, replace the gauze and continue applying pressure. If concerns linger, do not hesitate to contact our experienced team in Billings, MT.

Managing Swelling

Mild swelling around the implant site is a natural part of the healing process. To reduce it, apply a wrapped ice pack for 15 minutes on, and 15 minutes off, for the first 24 hours post-surgery.

Managing Pain

Post-operative discomfort is anticipated after a dental implant surgery. Dr. Thomas will prescribe appropriate pain relief medication. Adhere to the provided guidelines and avoid aspirin, which can increase bleeding. If severe or prolonged pain persists, reach out to our Billings, MT office promptly.


In the initial days following the surgery, Dr. Thomas recommends a soft diet to prevent unnecessary pressure on the implant site. Opt for foods like yogurt, mashed potatoes, soups, and nourishing smoothies. As the healing progresses, gradually reintroduce solid foods.

Oral Hygiene Care

Maintaining impeccable oral hygiene is pivotal for a successful dental implant recovery. Commence gentle warm saltwater rinses 24 hours after surgery. Continue regular brushing, but take care around the implant area to prevent irritation.

Confining Certain Activity

Refrain from strenuous activities in the days after surgery. This precaution helps minimize bleeding and swelling. Steer clear of smoking and using straws, as these actions can impede the healing process.

Frequently Asked Questions

Your Smile's Next Chapter

At Thomas Smile Design, we're here to guide you every step of the way through implant recovery. If you're a new patient seeking compassionate care, call us at (406) 298-4485.

For our valued current patients, your journey continues with us. Reach out at (406) 256-5165 and let's keep your smile shining. Together, we'll turn every moment into a reason to smile. Reach out today!