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Getting Dental Implants? Ways You Can Prepare! 

Apr 30 2022

Having missing teeth can be an unpleasant and embarrassing experience, inhibiting your ability to eat, speak, and confidently smile. Fortunately, dental implants are a great solution for those with a healthy jawbone. With that in mind, dental implant surgery can be a bit intimidating to the uninitiated, and so it’s best to know what to expect and how to prepare. At Distinctive Dental Solutions, our dentists will guide you through everything you need to know. Reach out to us directly today to learn more about how to prepare for dental implant surgery and what to expect throughout the process. 

What Is Dental Implant Surgery?

Dental implant surgery is a surgery that replaces the root of your teeth with metal posts, and then replaces damaged or missing teeth with artificial ones. Dental implants look and feel like real teeth, and are a great option for those who want to restore their smile. Dental implant surgery is commonly done to replace missing teeth for those who aren’t good candidates for dentures or dental bridges. Note that good candidates for dental implant surgery are those who have healthy oral tissues and jawbone. 

How to Prepare for Dental Implant Surgery

A dental implant surgery is a procedure that is done over multiple visits. In fact, after the implants are placed, it can take months for the jaw to heal. It’s important to understand that this will not be an overnight transformation. 

Some tips for preparing include:

  • Disclose all health concerns and allergies to your oral surgeon beforehand. You may need to take a course of antibiotics beforehand to stave off the risk of infection.
  • Talk to your dentist about the process and sedation options. Usually, the more information you have, the better prepared you’ll be. Anesthesia will definitely be used—talk to your dentists about local vs. general anesthesia.
  • Stock up on the right foods and beverages—it could be hard to eat after your surgery, so having soft, healthy foods on hand will help!
  • Request work off beforehand—you won’t want to return to the office right after your surgery!
  • Get plenty of sleep—being well-rested may help put your mind at ease and can contribute to a speedier recovery.
  • Learn about the recovery process—as stated above, a dental implant surgery isn’t an instantaneous process; instead, it usually involves multiple trips to the dentists and months of health in-between. 

Call Distinctive Dental Solutions Today

If you’re a candidate for a dental implant surgery, it’s important that you talk to your dentist about what to expect and how to prepare. To learn more, call Distinctive Dental Solutions today. We are accepting new patients. 

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