What to do Before and After getting Dental Implants

what to do before dental implants

what to do before dental implantsApex, Raleigh, NC

Are you missing one or more permanent teeth? Dental Implants  may be the solution for you. Implants are permanent, stable tooth replacements. The post, a screw made of titanium, is surgically placed into the jawbone at the site of the missing tooth. This creates a replacement for the tooth root and ensures your replacement tooth is stable. After a healing period, your dentist tops the implant with a restoration: a crown, dental bridge or denture. Each dental implant restoration is custom-made to fit your smile.

If you are considering or have already decided to get dental implants, here is a list of things you can expect both before and after your procedure.

What to expect before your dental implant procedure

Have a thorough exam and make a plan with your dentist: Each implant surgery is unique. Your dentist will review your medical history to assess any risks involved with the procedure, as well as give you a thorough examination to determine the best course of action for putting in your dental implants in Apex.

This exam includes:

  • Measuring your bite to fit the restorations properly;
  • An X-ray and/or CT scan to evaluate your bone size and determine precise implant placement
  • Determining how many implants you will need
  • What kind of restorations you will have

Prepare for the procedure: Your dentist may advise you to take an antibiotic before and after your procedure, if you happen to have a weakened immune system or a chronic condition. Make sure you are wearing loose clothing to ensure comfort throughout your procedure. You’ll also want to stock up on pain medication and soft foods such as applesauce, yogurt, smoothies, mashed potatoes or grits.

Schedule downtime: Soreness and swelling is to be expected after your implant surgery, so you will need a few days off to rest and recuperate. Plan to schedule at least two days off work and social engagements, followed by a light schedule for about a week after surgery.

What to expect after your implant procedure

  • Rest: Rest is important to your healing process, especially in the days immediately following your implant surgery in Raleigh.  is vital to your recovery and healing. Propping up your head with two pillows will help encourage blood flow in your head, in turn reducing any swelling you may experience.
  • Change your routine: Smoking and drinking alcohol during your recovery period is highly discouraged. Nicotine constricts blood vessels, hindering the healing process. You should avoid smoking during the entire healing period, and refrain from drinking alcohol for at least 48-72 hours. Additionally, exercising directly after your implant surgery can cause prolonged bleeding, swelling, pain and fatigue. Your body will be exhausted after the procedure–it’s best to take a few days off of training.
  • Stay hydrated: Be sure to drink plenty of water. It’s even more important to stay hydrated while your body is fighting to heal. The better your body is prepared with the right tools, the easier and faster the healing process will be.

Dental implants in Raleigh NC

Let us restore your smile with a beautiful, functional dental implant. If you are interested in getting dental implants or have additional questions, the next step is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Washington. Call us at 203-245-9607 or visit us online to make your appointment today.