How to Prepare for Your Dental Implant Surgery
You’re tired of living with missing teeth, and after careful consideration you’ve decided to pursue dental implants. That being said, it is very important to prepare for implant surgery long before the procedure is performed.
The following tips are provided to help foster the best possible outcomes and recovery.
Here’s how to prepare for your dental implants:
- Schedule a comprehensive dental exam: Before implant surgery is even considered,
every patient needs to have a comprehensive dental exam. Dr. Mike will talk to you about
your current oral health, what if anything needs to be improved prior to surgery, and
whether or not you’re a good candidate for dental implants.
- Talk to Dr. Mike about sedation: Dental implant surgeries are often performed under
We encourage you to discuss the type of sedation that will be used, and what
to expect before the medications are given, during surgery, and while you recover.
- Take any prescribed medications: In some cases, Dr. Mike may prescribe antibiotics prior to the procedure. Antibiotics are often necessary for people with chronic conditions, or those who’ve received an organ donation and take immunosuppressants. Antibiotics may also be prescribed following implant surgery.
- Stock up on soft, cold foods: Crunchy and chewy foods are a no-no after oral surgery. Stock up on soft foods, including cold foods like yogurt or smoothies. You’ll need nutritious food to heal, and soft foods will make eating more comfortable.
- Wear comfortable, loose clothing: Wearing loose clothing that’s easy to take on and off is recommended on the day of your surgery. You’ll certainly want to be comfortable, and loose clothing will also encourage relaxation.
- Ask for help with housework and errands: Whether you live with others or on your own, this is a good time to ask for help. You should focus on healing—let the dust bunnies do their own thing for a few days.
- Plan to take it easy: Finally, plan to take it easy for about a week. While you’ll likely be up and about much sooner, and back to work, you’ll need plenty of rest to speed up the healing process. This is not the time to start training for a marathon.
To find out whether dental implant surgery is the right option for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Mike at Cleveland Implant Institute today!