Tips to Prepare for Dental Implant Treatment

Tips to Prepare for Dental Implant Treatment

The prospect of getting dental implants is an exciting one. Patients are eager to restore complete, beautiful smiles.

Before embarking on dental implant placement, you should work with your implant dentist to develop a plan to be prepared for the procedure.

Dental implant surgery takes just a few hours, and it is completed in an outpatient setting. In addition to local anesthetic, most patients choose sedation for a more comfortable experience. Your dentist can discuss these options with you to help you make your choice on sedation. 

Before embarking on dental implant placement, you should work with your implant dentist to develop a plan to be prepared for the procedure.

Dental implants do involve an invasive procedure, so patients will need to take a few steps in advance of their appointment to get ready. The dentist may give you prescriptions for painkillers and possibly prophylactic antibiotics, and it’s best to get those filled prior to the surgery so you’ll have them at home with you as you recover.

Additionally, patients who get intravenous sedation likely will need to fast after midnight the day of the procedure. Ask your dentist how to prepare for sedation, too.

Be sure to bring any existing health problems to your dentist’s attention, and give the dentist a list of all of the medications that you take, including over-the-counter ones, as some medications may interfere with the healing process.

Before your dental implants are placed, talk to your dentist about what to expect after the surgery, too. It’s important to be aware of the signs of problems, such as a fever or ongoing bleeding that lasts for more than 24 hours after surgery. This will help you know when you need to follow up with the oral surgeon.

After the surgery, you should avoid any activities that might interfere with the healing process, including smoking, drinking through straws and vigorous exercise for at least a few days. (Ideally, smokers will give up that habit for a longer period of time). Ask the dentist when you can resume your normal activity.

Dental implant placement need not be an intimidating procedure. Take a few steps to be prepared, and you can be well on your way to a smooth recovery. For more information, contact the office of Dr. Melisa Christian today.