Dental implants are one of the most recommended teeth replacement options today. They look, feel, and function like natural teeth and they can last for a lifetime, too. Dental implants also enhance your ability to chew and enjoy your food and protect your teeth and jawbone, ensuring that you have better oral health overall.
Although dental implants are one of the ideal dental restorative solutions today, not everyone is eligible for this procedure. Your eligibility for this treatment depends greatly on your overall oral health at present and your dentist’s recommendation.
Dental implants require the use of small, titanium screw that will serve as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. These screws will be placed in the bone of your upper or lower jaw. Your dentist will do this through a surgery.
Your dentist will put a dental implant into your jawbone beneath the gum tissue during the first stage of the surgery. The gum tissue will then be stitched back into place. As the tissue heals, the artificial implant will bond with the bone and attach to the gum. It can take several months for the tissue to heal.
During the second stage of surgery or once the tissue has healed (whichever comes first), your dentist will attach an abutment to the implant. The abutment is a post that connects the replacement tooth to the implant. In certain cases, the first and second stage of implant surgery can be done in just one appointment.
In both stages, anesthesia and sedation are used to limit patient discomfort during the procedures.
To make sure you are fully comfortable during the dental implant surgery and avoid certain complications and hassles, below are some prep tips you should follow:
- Most dentists recommend that you arrange for some time off from work after a dental implant surgery, perhaps at least 2-3 days. Not all patients will need time off from work after the surgery, but it’s better to have it set up accordingly prior to the procedure.
- Eat and drink non-alcoholic fluids as normal before the procedure. Do not miss any meal.
- Take all of your medication at the usual times.
- If you are sporting a beard or mustache, wash and shave before surgery to reduce any risk of infection.
- Do not put on any makeup before the surgery. If you have any piercings in your mouth, it would be best to remove them before the procedure as well.
- Be sure to drink the prescribed antibiotic at least 1 hour before the implant placement appointment. Make sure you have discussed any allergies you may have with your dentist, too.
- Lastly, arrange for transportation to and from the surgery since you won’t be able to operate any vehicle after the procedure.