The most important decision you will make to ensure the success of your dental implant surgery is choosing the right surgeon for your needs. However, finding a qualified surgeon is not the only step you need to take. You need to do your part to make sure you are prepared for surgery and recovery. This requires planning and preparation several days before you go to the office.
Because dental implants require one or more surgical procedures, you need to have a thorough evaluation before surgery. You also need to make decisions about anesthesia and how you will spend your time during recovery. Here are five steps to keep in mind before you go in for dental implant surgery:
1) Get a comprehensive dental exam. With this exam, you will have dental X-rays taken and models will be constructed for your teeth and mouth. These will help your surgeon know how to approach your specific dental situation.
2) Get a treatment plan. This comprehensive plan takes several factors into consideration that will help you surgeon decide how to proceed with surgery. These factors include determining the number of teeth that need to be replaced and the current condition of your jawbone. This process can include various specialists, such as an oral surgeon and periodontist, who works with the structures that support teeth.
3) Discuss medical conditions. It is important that you openly discuss any health issues you have or other concerns that could affect surgery. Make sure to inform your doctor about any medications you are taking, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Talk about any health conditions you have and previous experiences with surgery.
4) Decide about anesthesia. In order to help mitigate pain, anesthesia options for dental implant surgery include local anesthesia, general anesthesia, and sedation. Your dental specialist can help you decide which option is best for you.
5) Have a post-surgery plan. Many people overlook this critical step. You want to make sure that you have a couple days after surgery that are not overly demanding either physically or mentally. Make sure you have somebody who can give you a ride home from the office. Also, go to the grocery store ahead of time so you will have soft foods available when you return home, and make arrangements so you have time away from work and other obligations so you can rest.
At UAOMS, we will help you make informed decisions about dental implant surgery, and we will help you prepare wisely so your surgery can be a comfortable experience and your recovery will go smoothly. Please call our office today at 801-566-5117.