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How to Prepare for Your Dental Implant Procedure
Your dentist might suggest that you have a dental implant if he or she is unable to save one of your teeth. A dental implant looks and feels like a natural tooth and it functions just like your other teeth. Dental implants can also last a lifetime, which makes them the best option if you need to save your teeth.
Any form of surgery intimidates most patients. However, a dental implant procedure is not as complicated as most patients expect. At Vita Dental in addition to encouraging our patients to follow our dentist’s instructions, we also encourage them to ask as many questions as possible. If you are well-informed about the procedure, you will be more confident and ready to undergo the procedure. Our dentists will also do their best to answer all the questions you might have and put your mind at ease before the procedure.
In case you choose to undergo the procedure, it is good that you are aware of how your dentist will conduct the procedure. It is also important that you are aware of what to do and how to prepare yourself so that the procedure can be as successful. Below are a number of ways you can prepare for your dental implant procedure and things you can expect from your dentist during a dental implant procedure.
Before getting your dental implant, be prepared for a thorough evaluation from our dentists. The dentist will conduct a physical exam and evaluate your full medical history. He or she might want to know the medications and supplements that you might be taking. He will also want to know any medical condition you might have been diagnosed with. He will also inquire if you have implanted devices. If you have orthopedic implants or you suffer from a heart ailment, the dentist might prescribe some antibiotics before the procedure.
During the evaluation process, you will meet with other dental specialists such as a periodontist, a maxillofacial dentist among others. This is also the perfect time to ask questions and to give an opportunity to your dentist to clear any doubts you might have about the procedure.
Discuss the Payment Options
Dental implants can be expensive especially if you are having more than one implant. Because of their cost, it is best if you discuss the payment options with your dentist. Paying everything from your pocket might be too costly. At Vita Dental, we accept most commercial insurances. Such options can help cover part of the cost, which puts your mind at ease even as you prepare for the procedure.
Preparing For the Implant Procedure
Once the dentist has given you a clean bill of health and has confirmed you can undergo the implant procedure, he will give you instructions on what to do the day or night before the procedure. Below are some things you will need to do before the big day.
- Before the procedure, the dentist will advise you not to eat or drink anything for 8 to 12 hours depending on the sedation that will be used. The fasting minimizes post-surgical nausea. However, in case the dentist chooses to do the procedure under local anesthesia there are no restrictions in terms of eating or drinking.
- The dentist might prescribe some medications before the procedure. We recommend that you follow the instruction on when to take your prescriptions and ensure you take the right dose.
- Make plans to have someone drive you to and from the dentist office before and after the procedure. You might feel a little dizzy after the procedure and you might experience some bleeding that will ease after some time. It is best if you have someone at hand to drive you home.
- Prepare some soft foods before the procedure that you can eat after the dental implant procedure. Foods such as soups, pasta, and smoothies are great as your mouth will be numb and very sensitive and you might not be able to chew hard foods.
- Get plenty of sleep before the day of the procedure and wear well-fitting and comfortable clothes. Do your best to relax during the procedure, as you will be in safe hands.
Plan to rest following the procedure. Take a few days off from work, school, or major commitments. The dentist will prescribe some pain medication. You might experience some swelling and discomfort a week after the surgery. While this is normal if the discomfort and pain persists, speak to your dentist.
- If you must return to work, ensure it is a day after the surgery. However, talk to your employer so that you will not have major commitments a week following your surgery.
- Follow your dentist instructions. For instance, he might recommend that you take some antibiotics, quit smoking, or gargle your mouth with salt. Follow these instructions to the latter, as they will speed up the healing process.
Dental implant surgery is a straightforward procedure that guarantees you an improved and a healthy smile. At Vita Dental, we aspire to give you the best smile under the most comfortable circumstances. Our dentists are board-certified and experienced to conduct dental implants. If you are in Spring Texas and you are in need of an implant, schedule an appointment with us and give us a chance to restore your smile.
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