IMPORTANT STEPS FOR PREPARING FOR DENTAL IMPLANT SURGERY
You’ve waited patiently to have your missing teeth replaced. Now that the time is drawing nearer for your dental implant surgery in Denver, you’re a little nervous, and you’re wondering what to expect. One way to calm your anxiety is to be better informed. Continue reading to get some important pointers for how to prepare for your surgery.
Don’t be Shy
Feel free to ask questions. The dentist you work with should be patient and willing to answer using simple, understandable terms so you can fully understand what to expect from the procedure. For the record, there are no insignificant questions. The more informed you are, the better you can feel about the overall process.
You’ll be given a full array of details and pre-surgery instructions relative to the type of care you’ll need. For example, if you’ll require sedation, you’ll be given instructions specific to the respective method.
If you’ll be receiving either oral or IV sedation, you’ll need to have a spouse, family member or friend on standby to drive you home, as the effects of the medication typically take hours to fully subside. You’ll also need help managing your normal activities for a couple of days.
Follow the Dentist’s Pre-Op Instructions
It’s important to follow any instructions you’re given prior to your surgery. Adherence will play a significant role in the overall success of the implantation procedure.
Here are some of the more typical instructions you may be given:
- To eat a filling breakfast
- To rinse your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash
- To take any prescribed antibiotics in preparation for the procedure
- To clear the rest of your schedule for the remainder of the day so that you can relax and recover
What to Expect After Your Dental Implantation
Following the guidelines you’re provided will contribute to faster healing and the overall success of the procedure. After the implantation process is completed, you can expect some mild discomfort, but it can usually be managed by taking an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen (Advil, Aleve or Motrin), eating soft foods (soups, smoothies, vegetables, etc.) and getting adequate rest.
The dental implant process has a 95% success rate. Maintaining this high standard requires that you and the oral surgeon in Denver function on one accord. By following your pre-op instructions to the “letter,” you can recover faster and get on with leading a productive and happy life!
About the Author
Dr. Brian Fangman earned his dental degree from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. Throughout his career, he has remained steadfast in his commitment to excellence, taking several hours of continuing education. Specializing in the placement of dental implants and all aspects of oral and maxillofacial surgery, Dr. Fangman enjoys helping his patients regain the lives they once had by placing dental implants at Altitude Oral and Facial Surgery. He can be reached for more information or to schedule a visit through his website.