3 Tips To Prepare For Dental Implant Surgery

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If you have missing teeth, you might be looking forward to having dental implants put in so that you can be proud of your smile. However, you might be nervous about the actual surgery of having them put in. Luckily, following these tips can help you prepare for the procedure so that it will go as well as possible on your appointment date.

1. Talk to Your Dentist and Doctor About Your Medication

Are you currently taking any medication? If so, your dental care professional needs to know about it. Certain medications can cause problems when you're in surgery, so your dentist might recommend that you discontinue use of your medication before, during, and directly after your procedure. If this is the case, you may need to talk to your primary care physician or other doctors about this, since it can be dangerous to stop using certain medications suddenly. Your doctor and dentist should be able to work together to come up with a plan.

2. Avoid Eating or Drinking

Since you will probably be going under anesthesia for your procedure, your dental surgeon might recommend that you do not eat or drink anything for a certain number of hours before your procedure. Doing so could interfere with your anesthesia, so you will want to make sure that your follow your surgeon's recommendations.

3. Stock Up On Soft Foods

In the days after your procedure, your dental care professional might recommend that you stick to a liquid and/or soft food diet. Shopping for beverages and soft foods might be a pain when you're recovering from your procedure and when you may still be under the effects of anesthesia, but you'll want to make sure that you have things to eat and drink as you are recovering. This is why it can be smart to stock up on soft foods—such as Jello, pudding, mashed potatoes and soups—before you have your procedure done. Then, you'll have them on hand for when you are recovering, and you won't have to worry about making a last-minute grocery trip after your procedure, when you might not be feeling up to going grocery shopping.

Dental implant surgery can be an exciting and positive thing, but it might also be something that you are nervous about. Luckily, if you know that you are as prepared as possible for your procedure, you can feel more confident about it. These are just some of the steps that you should follow before having dental implants put in; your dentist may also provide you with additional instructions as well.


9 January 2017

Emergency Dental Care

The average dentist takes many client appointments each day and also deals with emergency situations on a regular basis. Dental emergencies are very common because people are likely to put off having tooth pain fixed until the pain becomes unbearable. Some people have anxiety about dental visits, and others are trying to avoid the expense of dental care. In either case, the end result is often a dental emergency. I have worked as a professional dental hygienist for many years and have seen all types of dental emergencies. I hope that this blog will help people identify potential emergencies before they become too serious and will allow people to know when to get help.