How to prepare for dental implant surgery ?

Before your appointment for dental implant surgery, there are some things you can do to prepare so you are more likely to have a successful and comfortable experience. Before your final treatment, your implant dentist will use 3D imaging to determine the best possible placement for your implants. Once this has been determined, your surgery can move forward.

How to Prepare for Your Implant Surgery ?

Before you have dental implants placed, you’ll talk at length with your implant dentist to determine how many implants you’ll have placed, what kind of anesthetic will be used for the procedure, healing process expectations, and any other concerns you might have about the implant surgery.

Preparation for dental implant surgery is much like preparing for any other form of surgery. You should be sure to discuss the procedure with your implant dentist and follow any instructions provided. Some of these preparations might include:

  • Fasting before the procedure (if general anesthetic is to be used)
  • Taking any prescribed medication
  • Arranging for a ride home after surgery
  • Reviewing your aftercare instructions

You will need to rest for at least a day, and possibly two, so be sure to make any necessary work arrangements in advance. It’s important to look over your aftercare instructions before surgery because if you wait until after the procedure, you will be less likely to absorb the information.

After Your Implant Procedure

Taking care of yourself after you have your dental implant surgery is very important to the ultimate success of the surgery. Read our article Do Dental Implants Require Special Care ?Your dentist will provide guidance regarding how you should proceed in the days immediately after surgery. These instructions will probably include:

  • Rest for a day or two
  • Rinse your mouth according to instructions
  • Take antibiotics as instructed
  • Take any prescription painkillers as instructed
  • Use cold compresses to reduce swelling

Following your dentist’s instruction will help ensure a successful recovery and the long-term stability of your new teeth. Call our caring team of specialists today to get the process started for your new smile!

Dr. Chatila is a certified member of the ICOI (International Congress of Implantologists) and has followed extensive training at the Misch International Implant Institute.

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