Types Of Medications Provided After A Dental Implant Operation

Posted on: 22 April 2019

If you have made arrangements with your dentist to have a dental implant secured in your jaw, then you should know that there are quite a few things you will need to do after the operation to ensure that you heal properly. This includes taking certain medications that are prescribed afterwards. Keep reading to learn a bit about the medications you may be asked to take.

Pain Medications

You will feel some pain after your operation, and the majority of the discomfort will be noted for the first seven to ten days. Since pain will taper down over the course of the 10 day period, you are likely to be prescribed a few different pain medications. The strongest pain relievers are provided for the first few days and include medications like hydrocodone, hydromorphone, and combination pills that include Tylenol and an opiate pain reliever. 

Once the initial pain subsides, you can move to a large dose Motrin, Tylenol, or other NSAID pain reliever. Since pain is subjective and affects some people more than others, it is wise to work directly with your oral care professional to establish a pain control regimen that works for you.

Keep in mind that many pain relievers can cause nausea and vomiting can cause complications like prolonged bleeding and increased pain. So, you may be given an antiemetic medicine like Zofran as well. The medication can be taken as a precaution before your nausea develops or you can take it after the discomfort develops.


Infection risks are always present whenever surgery is completed on the body. The body is exposed to the environment and there is always a chance that microorganisms will get into the surgical area. To minimize infections risks, your dental professional will give you a course of antibiotics to take after your implant procedure. Typically, some type of penicillin will be provided like Amoxicillin. If you are allergic to penicillin, then clindamycin and azithromycin may be provided instead. 

Make sure to take your entire antibiotic prescription to prevent infection. If you see any signs of infection like swelling, redness, and intense pain coming from the surgical area, make arrangements to see your oral care professional as soon as possible. A stronger antibiotic might be required to keep the infections from spreading or developing further.

If you want to know more about the medications that may be provided to you after your dental implant services, speak with a dentist who specializes in implants.