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Teeth in a Day Before and After Surgery Instructions

At Town Center Dental of LaGrange, we want patients to have the most comfortable and rewarding experience in same day dental implants. This includes your treatment time at our office as well as your recovery at home. Dr. Paes is a highly skilled implant dentist who values the importance of educating patients on how to accelerate their healing, minimize discomfort and prolong their restorative results.

While the Teeth in a Day procedure is remarkably fast and convenient for our patients, we want to make sure they understand what to expect on the day of surgery and feel confident in how to care for their new smile in the subsequent days at home.

On The Day Of Surgery

  • For 24 hours after dental implants surgery, do not rinse or spit forcibly. This helps to foster the initial healing at the surgical site.
  • Avoid smoking at least 2 weeks after surgery. Smoking has been known to irritate the oral tissues, cause infection and constrict blood flow needed for optimal healing.
  • Use gauze as directed to control bleeding. Some minor oozing and bleeding is normal after surgery. You may even experience discharge from the nose for the first several days. To control mild bleeding when you get home from surgery, keep the gauze dressing in your mouth for approximately one hour after leaving Town Center Dental. If you are concerned about the amount of bleeding or if your bleeding is excessive, please call our office immediately.
  • Drink only cool or room temperature liquids and do not use a straw. Avoid hot or spicy foods and drinks for at least two days. Adhere to a soft foods diet until you are otherwise instructed by Dr. Paes.
  • Use pain medication as needed and prescribed. It is common to feel mild to moderate discomfort on the day of your surgery. To minimize pain, it is recommended that you take pain medication (prescribed or over-the-counter) before the local anesthetic wears off, which is typically within the first 6 to 12 hours post surgery.
  • Take oral antibiotics as directed by Dr. Paes. Be sure to keep taking them until they are finished.
  • To reduce swelling in the first 2 days after your surgery, apply ice packs. Make sure the ice is not directly placed on the skin. After 48 hours, heat can be used to control swelling. Some temporary bruising and discoloration may occur.

On The Days Following Surgery

  • You will be given a prescribed mouth rinse to use up to three times per day. Make sure you rinse gently. In addition, you may rinse with warm salt water after meals and snacking throughout the day.
  • Protect your sutures by not touching the surgical site with your fingers, toothbrush or tongue. Resist the urge to pull your lips to examine the area in the mirror, as this may also delay or inhibit healing around the sutures.
  • Brush carefully. You may resume brushing your natural teeth as soon as one day after surgery. However, you should only use a soft brush and water to brush your new bridge. The surrounding gums of your new bridge should be avoided.
  • Expect sutures to loosen and fall out within 1-2 weeks.
  • If you have a temporary traditional denture, do not use your adhesive cream on the areas that touch your sutures.

Special Precautions

  • Avoid aggressive or vigorous rinsing. Gentle swishing is best.
  • Nasal discharge or minor bleeding from your nose is normal, but very temporary.
  • For the first 2-3 weeks following surgery, avoid blowing your nose forcibly or sneezing with your mouth closed. This will create undesirable pressure in your mouth and nose that may disrupt implant healing.
  • Be prepared to eat to a soft foods diet for up to four months. This is the timeframe that it typically takes for the implant to properly heal and fuse to the underlying bone.
  • An adjustment period is expected after you receive your new bridge, and may include initial challenges with your speech or pronunciation.
  • Don't panic if you experience prolonged numbness, from 3 days to 3 weeks. This is often a result of swelling that has put pressure on a nearby nerve in the lower lip or chin.

Have more questions about Teeth in a Day aftercare? We want to address them. In fact, we believe that we can greatly reduce patient anxiety when it comes to dental implants by keeping them fully informed on what to expect before and after surgery. At Town Center Dental, we encourage patients to call if they have any concerns about their dental implants recovery. Contact us today for more information or to sschedule an appointment.


I needed to change dentists and Town Center Dental was recommended by a friend. It was the best decision I made... Dr Paes is amazing, he explained everything that he did and was very gentle. My dental hygienist was amazing and the staff was friendly and accommodating. You couldn't ask for more from a dental office. I highly recommend this group...

Michael C.

I had not been to the dentist in quite some time and will never miss another visit after receiving the best service ever. Aleena was my hygienist and was absolutely wonderful. There was a lot of cleaning that needed to be done and she made me feel comfortable throughout the entire process. She was extremely informative and it was a great learning experience. I would recommend TCD to anyone and look forward to my next visit. Thank you Aleena!

Chris J.

Just visited this office yesterday, by far the best dental experience I've ever had, and this coming from someone who is deathly afraid of dentists, I walked in all anxious and left completely calm, they're wonderful and take all the time you need, highly recommended

Meetal P.

Everyone in this office were very friendly and knowledgeable. As a new patient I felt they took their time to know me and did a great job. I would highly recommend converting to town center dental. From the staff in the front to Dr Paes and his excellent hygienist Sandy I find everyone to be warm and caring.

Andrea B.

What an amazing office! The staff was extremely friendly and accommodating to the hours I needed for my appointment. Would absolutely recommend Town Center Dental to friends and family. Thanks Maryellen and Dr. Paes!!

Nicole S.

This far my experience with Town Dental Center has been a positive one. I had four teeth attracted and one implant started. The Oral Surgeon, Dentist and all the office help were very Profesional and pleasant. I am Hopeful the healing and after care will be the same...

Doreen S.

Extremely friendly, informative and caring. From front desk to Dr. Paes, everyone was clear and detailed oreiented. And ultimately my teeth look and feel better than they have in some time from the excellent hygienist Mary Ellen. Would highly recommend converting to town centre dental.

Whitney M.

Dr. Wilkie Paes and his assistant Lea work well as a team. They are very personable and professional. I had a replacement crown and a new crown done together. Dr. Paes walks you through the process. The professionalism, quality and workmanship are impeccable. From the moment you walk in the door you will find the entire staff are very pleasant and professional. The practice has the latest technology. If you are looking for a dental office....... look no further! Highly Recommended!

Dan P.

Had a great experience at Town Center Dental today. Started with a warm greeting by the friendly front desk staff. Then, MaryEllen, my hygienist, was thorough, friendly and explained each and every step of the process from x-rays to my final cleaning. Dr. Paes then did a complete exam. He was calming, communicative and highly informative. Dr. Paes and Town Center Dental is now the dental office for me any my family.

Mitch G.

This dentistry office is absolutely incredible. I do not like going to any doctor's office and I was not intimated by any staff member and especially Dr. Paes, the dentist. He thoroughly explained all the procedures and payment plans. The prices are VERY reasonable for someone without insurance. He spent a large amount of time with me discussing insurance and dental maintenance. The television screen of your teeth was pretty cool! Sunglasses to wear to dim the light was a nice too. Great dentistry office!!!

Nicole F.

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