Instructions After Oral Surgery / Implants

  1. Do not rinse your mouth or suck on a straw for the first 24 hours. You may drink anything you want, just do not swish.
  2. A small amount of bleeding (seepage) is all that is necessary to discolor your saliva. Do not be alarmed, as this is normal. If continuous bleeding occurs: keep your head elevated, apply gauze to the area with moderate pressure for 20 minutes, call the office if bleeding persists.
  3. Minor swelling may follow your surgical procedure. To prevent or minimize swelling, place an ice pack over the area, 30 minutes on and 10 minutes off, until you go to bed. Remember, the use of a cold compress to reduce swelling is only effective if used immediately after the surgical procedure.
  4. It is not unusual to have mild discomfort following your surgical procedure. In most instances, if you are not allergic to aspirin, 3 or 4 ibuprofen (Advil) tablets every 6 hours will be sufficient to relieve discomfort. Alternatively, 2-3 extra-strength Tylenol may be taken every 6 hours. Or, a combination of ibuprofen (three tablets) and Tylenol(two tablets) may be taken.
  5. Occasionally you may be given a prescription for a more potent medication to insure you of a mild post-surgical recovery period. Please use this medication as directed for the control of discomfort.
  6. Do not eat on the side that was treated. Avoid extremely hard, hot, and spicy foods after the surgery. A soft diet is advisable for the first several days. Vitamin C, up to 2000mg per day, and Vitamin B-complex are desirable for healing. Maintaining an adequate diet after your procedure is important for proper healing.
  7. It is important to complete careful brushing and flossing in all areas of the mouth EXCEPT the area of surgery.
  8. Use the prescription mouth rinse as directed, starting the day after surgery.
  9. If you had a gum graft, DO NOT brush the grafted area until the doctor gives you specific clearance to do so.
  10. Avoid strenuous activity (i.e. contact sports, running, swimming, biking, tennis, etc) for 48 hours following your procedure.
  11. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the office 727-584-5693.


DO NOT smoke for the first 24 hours after our procedure. Smoking irritates the gums and retards the healing process. Try to reduce the amount of smoking for two weeks after your procedure.


It may be necessary to suspend your normal brushing and flossing routine following a surgical procedure. Periogard is a prescription antibacterial rinse that will take the place of brushing and flossing the treated area until sufficient healing has occurred.

Directions: Fill to the line on the inside of the cap (about ½ capful). Soak the surgical area with the mouthrinse for 30-60 seconds, do not swish vigorously. Spit out and do not eat or drink for 30 minutes to allow the medication effect to maximize. Do this twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening before bed.

Contact Us

  • Blayne J. Gumm, DDS,
  • 490 N Indian Rocks Road
  • Belleair Bluffs, FL 33770

  • Phone: (727) 584-5693
  • Fax: (727) 586-3331