Procedural Preparations: 3 Ways to Be Ready for Dental Implant Surgery

November 7, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — roselleparkdental @ 5:38 pm
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Dental implants are one of the most effective methods to restore missing teeth because they look and function so much like your natural ones. After your first consultation appointment, it’s normal to start to feel somewhat anxious as your implant procedure approaches. Many patients get nervous about this step in the process because it’s a surgery like any other. Being proactive ahead of time is a great way to ease your nerves and feel more prepared. Keep reading to learn 3 steps you can take before the big day!

Step #1: Ask Plenty of Questions

Your dentist wants you to feel as confident as possible before you ever reach their chair because it’s much easier to work with a calm patient than an anxious one. They’ll walk you through the entire process so that you know what to expect, which is also a great time for you to bring up any concerns you may have. Even if you’re worried that you’ll ask something they’ve already explained, feel free to bring it up again. It’s important for you to feel informed about your treatment so you can prepare appropriately.

Step #2: Plan Ahead

After surgery, your immediate focus is going to be rest and recovery. Therefore, it’s in your best interest to get things ready ahead of time so that you won’t have to worry about them post-op. For example, you’ll likely be sedated for the procedure itself, meaning you’ll need to arrange for a ride home afterward.

Once you get home, you should avoid strenuous activity to give your body time to heal. That means you might need help with household chores or familial responsibilities like cooking, cleaning, picking up children from school, etc. It’s also helpful to clear your calendar for a few days which means you may need to request special leave if your job requires it.

Step #3: Understand Aftercare Instructions

You’ll receive specific instructions for how to care for yourself after surgery and it’s important to follow these to the letter. It’s the best way to heal as quickly as possible while preventing potential complications. There’s no reason you’re not able to request this information before the procedure so you’ll have everything ready to go once it’s complete.

Though it varies depending on your dentist, typically these instructions include:

  • Rinsing your mouth with an antibacterial wash to eradicate germs that could cause infection.
  • Taking prescribed medications as instructed, including antibiotics or oral sedatives.
  • Fasting or dietary restrictions. Depending on the sedation method, you may or may not be allowed to eat the evening before your appointment.

Now you can make arrangements ahead of time to feel confidently prepared for your dental implant procedure!

About the Author

Dr. Jamie Oshidar is one of several dental experts at Roselle Park Dental & Implants and highly distinguished in the field of implant dentistry. He holds exceptional distinctions with several prestigious organizations and instructs others through implant seminars in-office. Patients work with him for every step of the process from the initial consultation to surgery to the final restoration. He uses cutting-edge technology and comprehensive imaging to provide accurate and effective treatments meant to last. If you’re interested in a consultation, you’re welcome to request an appointment on the website or by calling (908) 245-1745.