Preparation for Dental Implants
At Westlake Oral and Plastic Surgery, we provide dental implants, a popular option for replacing missing teeth. They provide numerous benefits over more traditional restorations like bridges and dentures. Along with restoring the functions and aesthetics of your mouth, dental implants are more comfortable, more natural in appearance, and permanent. They also help to preserve the integrity of your jawbone, a benefit no other replacement option can provide. However, implants do require a surgical procedure, and there are some things that you will need to do in order to prepare.
If you take any medication, you should take it as normal the day of your surgery, unless otherwise directed. In this event, you may have a small amount of water.
Stock Up Your Home
Rest is an essential part of the healing process, and you should avoid going out or doing anything too strenuous during this time. Have your home prepared so that you can relax as soon as you arrive. Stock up your refrigerator and cabinets with foods that can be consumed with little to no effort, as chewing may be difficult for the first few days or weeks. Have a place ready to sit or lie down, and place extra pillows nearby to keep your head elevated. Have a small table within reach with books or other easy activities to keep you busy. Have plenty of pain relievers and ice packs ready to go.
Dress comfortably for your appointment. Wear loose fitting clothing and flat, comfortable shoes. Do not wear any jewelry, watches or contacts. You should also avoid wearing perfume or cologne, makeup or nail polish.
Make sure that you brush and floss your teeth, as well as thoroughly rinse your mouth, before arriving at your appointment. This will help to limit the number of bacteria in your mouth, which will help to prevent infections. If you smoke, it is important that you abstain for at least 24 hours before your procedure. You will also need to abstain for a set period after surgery to facilitate the healing process and avoid infections and implant failure.
Have a Driver
You will need to have a trusted friend or family member who can drive you home from your surgery. If you are provided with an oral sedative, this person will also need to drive you to your appointment. Your driver will need to remain in the waiting area throughout the duration of your procedure, so be sure to have them bring a book or other activity to keep them occupied.
Call if You Feel Unwell
If you feel a cold coming on, a sore throat or an upset stomach as the day of your surgery approaches, call us right away. In some cases, it may be necessary to reschedule your procedure until after you are feeling well again.
Dental implants are an excellent option for replacing missing teeth and restoring your quality of life. If you have any questions or concerns before your dental implant surgery, be sure to contact Westlake Oral Surgery at (805) 267-9766 as soon as possible.
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