How to Prepare for the Placement of Dental Implants
By Ann R. Sielicki, DDS on November 17, 2019
If you are scheduled to have a dental implant placed in the near future, you probably have plenty of questions about how to properly prepare for the procedure. Read on as Scottsdale implant dentist Ann Sielicki of Sonoran Dental Design recommends how to get ready for your dental implant placement.
Planning for the Big Day
In the days leading up to your dental implant placement, you will probably feel excited and perhaps a little nervous about the procedure. Those emotions are completely normal! Channel your energy into making some key preparations to help your procedure and recovery go smoothly.
For example, you should plan to follow a soft foods-only diet for a few weeks after your procedure, as the surgical site will feel sensitive and sore. Plan ahead of time by buying or preparing foods like soups, smoothies, pasta or mashed potatoes. Stock up on applesauce, Jell-O or pudding, which will feel soothing to your healing mouth.
You will need to make some logistical arrangements for the day of your surgery. After the procedure, you will be able to return home to recuperate. Arrange for someone to transport you home from the dentist or oral surgeon’s office and help you get situated comfortably. Although you will not be in severe pain, you might have some mild discomfort or tenderness in your mouth. Make sure you fill your painkiller prescription from your dentist, or that you have some over-the-counter pain relievers on hand to take as needed.
Also, look at your calendar and rearrange it so that you do not have any plans for the day of surgery — after the procedure, you will simply want to rest and relax. Depending on your oral surgeon or dentist’s instructions, you might plan to take a few additional days off work and your normal obligations after your procedure. Do whatever you can ahead of time so that when the time comes, you do not have to worry about anything while you recuperate.
Sometimes implant dentists prescribe antibiotic medications and antibacterial mouthwash to use in the days leading up to the implant placement. Take these medications and use the mouthwash as instructed.
The night before your procedure, try to get a good night’s sleep so you feel completely rested for your appointment. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to our office for clarification.
The Day of the Dental Implant Surgery
Depending on the type of anesthesia used, you might be asked to fast the morning of your procedure.
Wear comfortable clothing to the procedure and do the best you can to relax. Rest assured that you are in experienced, capable hands that will take care of you throughout the entire experience.
After your implant procedure is complete and you have adjusted to your new tooth, you can look forward to recapturing the confidence that comes with a complete, healthy smile!
For more information about dental implants, please contact Dr. Sielicki at Sonoran Dental Design today.
“Dr. Sielicki and her staff are professional and I immediately felt comfortable. My teeth look fantastic. I could not be more pleased with the outcome.” Emily