Before Dental Implant Surgery

In order for the implant placement to be successful, PLEASE follow these instructions for the 3 medications to be taken before/after surgery.  You will be prescribed an antibiotic, corticosteroid, and pain medicine.

The antibiotic will reduce the chances of implant infection by outside sources of infection: colds, flu, etc. and gives added protection to the implant site.  You will start the antibiotic 1 HOUR BEFORE the implant surgery.

The corticosteroid reduces swelling, inflammation, and discomfort to almost zero, post-operatively.  You will start this medication the MORNING OF the implant surgery.

The pain medicine will help with any discomfort following surgery.  You will take this medication AFTER the implant surgery, if needed.  It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to take 600-800mg of Ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) 1 hour before your surgery.


  1. Antibiotic: Either Amoxicillin or Clindamycin.  For Amoxicillin, take 4 tablets 1 hour prior to surgery followed by 2 tablets every 6 hours after surgery until the prescription is finished.  For Clindamycin, take 3 tablets 1 hour prior to surgery followed by 1 tablet every 6 hours after surgery until the prescription is finished.
  2. Corticosteroid (Dexamethasone): Take 3 tablets the morning of surgery followed by 2 tablets the day after surgery followed by 1 tablet the second day after surgery.  Finish the medication.
  3. Pain Reliever: Alternate 600-800 mg of Advil/Motrin with 1000 mg of Tylenol every 3 hours -OR- if you have been prescribed something stronger, follow the directions on your prescription bottle.  If you have no discomfort, you do not have to take anything.

Any questions regarding the medications, please do not hesitate to ask or call.  And as always, please update us on any changes to your medical history/ conditions/ medications/ allergies.

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