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5 Steps to Prepare for a Dental Implant

5 Steps to Prepare for a Dental Implant

5 Steps to Prepare for a Dental Implant

February 1, 2022

At Dental Implants and Aesthetics, we offer our patients the highest level of care. We use our comprehensive experience and skill to perform these delicate procedures with the utmost care and delicacy. So, we’re here to share 5 Steps to Prepare for a Dental Implant!

Dental implants are commonly used in modern dentistry to replace missing teeth. Made from titanium, implants act as artificial tooth roots to form the base for dental restorations, such as individual crowns, bridges, All-On-X (full-mouth rehabilitation), and implant-retained dentures.

Whether you’re considering an implant for a single tooth or multiple teeth, preparation is key to ensuring a smooth and successful procedure. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you prepare for your dental implant journey.

 

1. Comprehensive consultation

The first phase of your dental implant procedure is to have a comprehensive consultation with a professional dental practitioner like our team at Dental Implants and Aesthetics. As part of the consultation process, your dentist will obtain x-rays and 3D imaging of your jaw bones to determine available bone and bone volumes and confirm whether you are a suitable candidate for dental implant placement.

Following your comprehensive assessment, your practitioner will talk through the treatment process, provide you with a treatment plan tailored specifically to you, and discuss how to prepare for your procedure.

 

2. Financial preparation

Dental implants can be costly, so it’s important to be prepared:

  • Review Health Insurance Coverage: Check with your private health insurance to see what costs are covered under your ‘major dental’ benefits
  • Discuss Payment Plans: Needing a little extra help? We have interest-free payment options available at the clinic!

 

3. Pre-antibiotics

Here at Dental Implants and Aesthetics, we are dedicated to ensuring the safety and success of all oral surgery procedures. For this reason, you may be prescribed pre-antibiotic treatment before your implant surgery.

Antibiotics basically act as a substitute immune system, so they are required when a patient receives a medical implant or a transplant. We want to eliminate the chance of any post-operative infection. Your dentist will advise you on whether you need antibiotic cover prior to your implant surgery.

4. Prepare yourself

Good overall health is crucial for a successful dental implant:

  • Maintain Oral Hygiene: Brush and floss regularly to keep your mouth healthy.
  • Quit Smoking: Smoking can hinder healing and increase the risk of implant failure.

Mental Preparation:
Mentally preparing yourself for the procedure can help to reduce any anxiety:

  • Educate Yourself: Understand the steps involved in the procedure and recovery.
  • Ask Questions: Address any concerns or questions with your dentist beforehand.

Physical Preparation:
This means that you should eat and drink an ample meal before your procedure and ensure you get plenty of rest before and after it. You should also wear loose-fitting, comfortable, and non-restrictive clothing.

If you are receiving general anaesthetic for the dental implant procedure, you will have to fast for 12 hours.

5. Recovery

Post-surgery care is essential for a smooth recovery:

  • Getting plenty of rest
  • Taking a break from any exercise or strenuous activity
  • Have cold packs on hand
  • Stock up on soft foods

Some soreness and swelling are expected following surgery, so it is recommended that you give your body a few days off to heal. To minimize complications and promote healing, it is vital to follow any post-op Instructions and adhere to your dentist’s post-operative care guidelines.

 

Preparing for a dental implant involves thorough planning, maintaining good oral health, and understanding the procedure. Following these ‘5 Steps to Prepare for a Dental Implant’ can help to ensure a smooth experience and a successful outcome. With proper preparation, you’ll be on your way to a healthier, more confident smile!

Book an appointment online today with Dental Implants and Aesthetics, or give our team a call to learn more.

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