How to Prepare for Dental Implant Surgery
December 30, 2019
Dental implants are one of the most popular solutions for patients who want to replace teeth that have fallen out or been removed due to severe damage, decay or infection. One of the main reasons for their popularity is their unique design which makes them more realistic, comfortable and secure than other dental restorations.
Dental implants have two core elements. First, there is a porcelain crown, which is the visible part of the restoration and is custom-designed in the shape, size, and color needed to complete your smile. Secondly, there is a titanium screw/post. This acts as an artificial root for the tooth and will be what the porcelain crown is secured to using a special connector. It is this post that makes dental implants different from alternative solutions. Each titanium post is surgically implanted into the jaw where the bone regenerates around it, cementing it permanently in place. It is this element of the design which gives dental implants the stability for which they are renowned. The surgical placement is carried out with the utmost care, having been pre-planned with precision thanks to images that will have been taken of the jaw and its internal structures. Once the implant post has been placed, it will be left to heal for several months before your custom crown is placed. In most instances, patients will be able to have a generic crown placed onto the post so that the teeth are still usable during this time.
Preparation for any sort of dental appointment can help you to feel calm and reassured about what is to happen, as well as contributing towards a positive outcome from your treatment. Here’s what you need to know about how to prepare for dental implant surgery.
Before you can be approved for dental implants you will first need to attend a consultation appointment during which your suitability for the procedure will be assessed. This will involve discussing your dental health, your general health and taking images of your teeth and jaw so that your provider can check that implants can be placed.
Stop taking any medications as advised
Many people rely on medication to help support their general health from day to day. However, there are some types of drugs that shouldn’t be taken ahead of a dental implant procedure. Your provider will be able to advise you if you currently take any medications that should be avoided before, and perhaps for a short while after your procedure and it is important to adhere to this advice. You may also need to speak to your doctor about changing to an alternative medication during this time.
Smoking is extremely bad for your oral as well as your overall health, and if you smoke, you may be refused a dental implant procedure altogether since your risk of complications and failure is significantly increased by this habit. However, if your smoking habit is fairly mild, we recommend that you take this opportunity to ditch the habit for good. This will help ensure that your bone regenerates and your gums heal as quickly and effectively as possible, with minimal risk of complications.
Try not to be nervous
Some people are naturally nervous about any dental appointment, but especially so when the treatment that they are having is invasive in some way. Try not to worry or be anxious. If you have done your research and picked a great dental implant provider, you will be in very safe hands. You can also enquire if sedation is a possibility at your appointment.
If you would like any more advice about how to prepare for dental implant surgery, please get in touch with our offices.