Few dental advances have revolutionized dental treatment the way implants have. When you make the implant choice, you are choosing the most realistic and worry-free way of dealing with a missing tooth. So that you can be ready for your new smile, take a look at some things to know about preparing for your procedure.
Your dentist will provide you with a list of things to do and not to do before your procedure. In addition, you will have already discussed pain relief choices with your dentist since some of your preparations will depend on how you choose to be anesthetized. Along with that, your health, in general, and the stability of your jawbones will be evaluated by the dentist. In some cases, implant patients must have some minor bone-grafting surgery and fully heal from that before they get their implant.
Get Some Help
In most cases, you will need to bring someone with you to the implant appointment since you are likely to be unable to drive afterward. Arrange for a loved one or friend to drive you home and to make sure you are okay for a few hours afterward.
Plan Your Food Choices
Your dentist will want you to eat only soft foods for a few days so plan to pick up or prepare some soup, chili, smoothies, etc ahead of time. You may want to take things easy after the procedure, so try to plan ahead for about a week of food in advance so you don't have to run out to the store. It's not uncommon to lack an appetite after dental implant surgery, so make sure you stock healthy but tasty foods. You might also consider some ready-to-drink meal replacement drinks so you can keep your energy up and protein intake stable. Be sure you understand the need to avoid all food or drinks for several hours prior to surgery.
Find Out About Medication
If you take medication or supplements, ask your dentist about what to take the night before and the morning of surgery. You might need to abstain from taking certain medications like blood thinners before the surgery and that sometimes requires your cardiologist's permission. In some cases, you must stop taking blood thinners several days prior to surgery. Ask when you can go back to your regular medication schedule after the surgery.
Wear comfy clothes and shoes — you don't want to be constricted or slip down while you are still woozy. You might want to avoid wearing make-up or colored nail polish too. Your coloring is often observed during surgery.
Talk to your dentist to find out more about dental implants.