If you’re slated to receive dental implants in the near future, you’re probably looking forward to a bright new smile. And nothing can replace a missing tooth quite like a dental implant! These little guys can perfectly replicate your natural pearly whites in terms of look, feel, and functionality. However, as exciting as this sounds, you still might have a few concerns about the procedure and how you can prepare yourself for getting implants. Here are three useful tips to help you out.
Tip #1: Be Well-Informed
Your dentist is the expert on all things relating to oral health, including dental implants—meaning they’re a great resource if you have any initial questions or concerns. As a patient, you have the right to know exactly what the implant process entails from start to finish. Your dentist will happily review the specifics of your treatment plan with you and ensure you feel comfortable about everything. For example, sometimes a patient might need a little extra prep work done, such as a supplemental bone graft, gum disease therapy, or even a tooth extraction. In any case, knowing what to expect and having a clear idea of what’s going to happen will go a long way.
Tip #2: Follow Pre-Op & Post-Op Guidelines
Depending on the specifics of your treatment, you’ll be given clear instructions to follow before and after your procedure. These guidelines concern things like before and aftercare, diet recommendations, instructions concerning medication, and anything else relevant. None of these instructions are mere suggestions; they’re crucial for ensuring the future success of your implants! For instance, you might be asked to refrain from eating or drinking anything the night before surgery if you’re going to receive IV sedation. You’ll also often have medication to take post-surgery to assist with managing your discomfort, as well as special precautions you’ll need to take while your implant sites heal.
Tip #3: Plan Ahead & Ask for Help
Dental implant surgery is a pretty significant procedure by nature, and your body is going to need plenty of rest to properly recover—so you’ll need to plan accordingly. You’re going to need a ride home after the surgery, and it’s also recommended that you have someone stay with you for at least a few hours after the procedure, to keep an eye on you and provide assistance as necessary. This can also make it easier to acquire anything else you might need, including soft-foods and liquids for your diet following surgery. You also shouldn’t hesitate to call your dentist or oral surgeon if you’re experiencing any issues post-surgery. Even though you’ll be back to normal in a few days, it’s perfectly reasonable to have questions or concerns.
Dental implants will completely change your life—but their success relies on your willingness to do things correctly, both before and after your procedure. Following these tips will ensure that your recovery is smooth and that your implants can ultimately do their job.
About the Author
A New Orleans native, Dr. Kerry T. Plaisance, Jr. received his dental doctorate from Louisiana State University and has proudly served the dental needs of the River Ridge area for several years. His practice is pleased to offer many available services including dental implants. If you have any questions about dental implants or would like to arrange a visit, feel free to contact Dr. Plaisance through his practice’s website or over the phone: (504) 738-5171.