March 25, 2018
As soon as you lost your first tooth, your confidence not only declined but your quality of life as well. Now, you can no longer chew many of your favorite foods while you also have difficulty speaking clearly. To resolve the issues, you may have tried traditional dental prosthetics, but they did not give you the results you wanted. As an alternative, you have decided to invest in your smile with dental implants. It is normal to feel a little apprehensive about the upcoming procedure. To put your mind at ease, there are several things you should know about the journey to a complete smile.
Preparing for Your Surgery
The first phase of the treatment involves surgically placing dental implant posts into the jawbone. Prior to your surgery, you will not be able to eat or drink for 8 to 12 hours prior to your appointment if you will be sedated. In addition, you may be advised to stop taking certain medications for a few days before your procedure.
Before your appointment, take the time to prepare soft meals to have on hand while filling any prescription medications that are provided by your dentist to make your recovery easier. It is best to have a friend or loved one stay with you for at least the first day after your procedure.
During Your Surgery
During your surgery, either sedation or a local anesthesia will be used. Your gum tissue will be opened to expose the jawbone. A small hole will be drilled in it to insert the implant post. The gum tissue will be sutured closed and the healing process will begin.
While you recover, you will need to rest. It is normal to experience slight bleeding, pain, and swelling. You can use cold compresses and pain relievers to manage your discomfort. It is best to eat soft foods for a couple of days to avoid causing damage or irritation to the surgical site. You will also need to carefully brush and floss your teeth; however, be careful when cleaning the dental implant posts.
Caring for Your Dental Implants
After you have healed, your replacement crown, bridge, or denture will be attached to the posts. To promote the long-term success of your procedure, it is best to maintain your oral hygiene by brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing each night. Be sure to clean around the dental implant posts well to reduce your risk for infection. In addition, you will need to maintain your regular dental appointments every six months for a cleaning and checkup up.
Your Dental Implant Surgery
If you have any questions about your upcoming treatment, do not hesitate to ask your dentist. With the right information beforehand, you can head into your procedure with the peace of mind you need for a stress-free process.
About Dr. Brenda Gong
Dr. Brenda Gong provides complete dental care for all patients, including those who need help to maintain their oral health over 50. If you are suffering from tooth loss, restore your quality of life and smile. Contact our office today to see if dental implants are right for you.
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