If you’ve decided to replace your missing teeth with dental implants, you are choosing an option that can potentially provide health, functional, and aesthetic benefits for the rest of your life! Dental implants replace all portions of your tooth, from the root to the visible crown, making them the most versatile and durable option available. You’ll be able to eat the foods you love and smile confidently with strong and lifelike teeth. Before you commit to dental implant surgery, there are a few ways you can prepare for your big day:
- Discuss openly and ask questions.
Your implant dentist will only know as much about you as disclose to him or her. But it’s important for your safety and the success of treatment to inform them about your medical and dental history, including your medication list, underlying systemic conditions, and presence of oral health problems like gum disease. Also ask as many questions as you need to feel confident undergoing treatment. No question is a bad question!
- Plan out the logistics ahead of time.
Dental implant placement, though a minimally invasive procedure, is still surgery. Your implant dentist will recommend that you have a family member or friend accompany you to this appointment. If you elect to receive IV sedation, you will need someone to drive you to and from the dentist’s office. For the first few days after your surgery, be sure you have someone who can help with household chores, meal prep, and caring for children or pets.
- Properly follow all pre-op instructions.
Your implant dentist gives you pre-operative instructions for a reason: to help ensure the surgery goes as smoothly and predictably as possible. Not properly following this preparatory list of dos and don’ts, such as fasting for the given timeframe, puts your safety at risk or may result in your surgery being rescheduled. Many implant dentists are booked out months in advance and the delay will mean living that much longer with missing teeth!
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