5 Ways to Prepare for a Dental Implant Surgery
Dental implant surgery is for people who have lost teeth for any reason and need them to be replaced. They may have lost teeth due to rotting or they may have lost them in an accident of some sort. Either way, dental implants are able to fill in the spaces where teeth should be. This helps ensure that the other teeth do not move and become crooked, and it helps to avoid further dental problems or problems with the mouth. There are some things that all patients should know about their dental implant surgery – both before and after – that will help them prepare and heal.
1. You will get a personalized procedure
Before you can go in for a procedure, your dental surgeon will have to create a personalized dental implant plan for your surgery. This will ensure that your surgery is successful and that the dental implants will fit properly. The surgeon will get a detailed view of your mouth, jaw, skull, and teeth. All of this information is necessary to ensure that the surgery goes well.
2. You will have some dietary changes
If you will be put under for your surgery, you will not be able to eat for 8 to 12 hours before the surgery, otherwise you will not have any restrictions pre-surgery. After the surgery, you will be directed to eat a soft diet. This includes a lot of things like juice, water, milk, oatmeal, yoghurt, soups, or fish. Avoid carbonated and very hot food and drink – these can hurt you and cause your wound to bleed.
3. It will require multiple procedures
First, if your damaged tooth is still in your mouth, it will have to be removed. Then there are multiple steps to completing the dental implant. First metal posts must be implanted, then that must be allowed time to heal. You will be given stitches after this procedure and may have to return to the dentist to have them removed about a week after the initial surgery, however it is common now for the stitches given to be dissolvable which means they will disappear on their own. A few months after the surgery for the metal posts, you will need to return for another surgery where the dental implant will be completed.
4. Things to avoid post surgery
There are a number of things you need to avoid after your dental implant surgery to help avoid infection. You should avoid sucking on straws and smoking cigarettes. Also avoid rinsing and spitting, unless you are being extremely careful. All of these can cause your wound to bleed and/or become infected.
Avoid touching the wound with your fingers or your tongue. This too could cause the wound to reopen which will be painful, will bleed, and could cause infection. If you visit the Build Your Smile website, they may be able to provide you with more information.
5. Oral hygiene is key
It is super important to keep your dental hygiene at its best after your surgery. Allowing your dental hygiene to slip post-surgery will allow for possible infection, and your wound will likely not heal as fast, will swell, and will hurt for much longer. It could also cause your dental implant to reject.
Many think you should avoid brushing your teeth the night after a dental implant surgery. This is not true. You should brush your teeth that night, however you should be sure to exercise caution when brushing near the site of your dental implant.
One day after surgery the dental implant recipient can do mouth washes with salt water up to three times a day. This is a natural disinfectant which will be gentle on the wound but keep the mouth clean.