Preparing For Implants
Dental implant procedures are completely safe to undergo these days with little to no risk of side effects. They are one of the most common dental procedures as millions of people around the world get them every year. Although you do not need much to prepare for your implants, there are a few things you can take into consideration before going into surgery.
At Beaverton Oral Surgeons, we provide many kinds of dental restorations including dental implants. If you or someone in your family are struggling with missing or damaged teeth, we can provide the best implants that will look and feel just like your natural teeth.
How Do I Prepare For Dental Implants?
Although you are most likely eligible for getting dental implants, your dentist will still need to perform a few checks before clearing you for dental implant surgery. With a series of oral exams, they will determine whether you have enough jaw strength to support the implants.
Once you get cleared for the procedure, the next step would be to find an appropriate day to have the surgery. You will be under the influence of sedatives on the day of the surgery, so it's wise to bring a friend or family member along who can drive you back home.
When it comes to food, expect to have some difficulty eating for a few days after the surgery. You should stock up on soft foods like oatmeal, scrambled eggs, yogurt, mashed potatoes, pasta, fish, and fruits. Avoid hot drinks like coffee or tea for a few days until your mouth has healed.
Your surgeon will prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection and pain relievers and muscle relaxants for the swelling. While this is obvious, getting a good night’s sleep can speed up your recovery too, so ensure to take a day or two off from work or school.
Dental Implant Procedure
The implant procedure is quite methodical and usually lasts for about an hour. If there is a need for a sinus lift or gum grafting, your surgeon will undertake those tasks first. This is to ensure that your gums have enough strength to support the implants.
In the next step, your surgeon will remove any remains of the damaged teeth or residue and clean the site where the implants will be placed. All of this is all done under anesthesia so you will not feel much of it. Finally, the dentist will surgically place the implants in your gums and allow them to heal until they are ready for the next step.
During your next visit, your dentist or oral surgeon will add a crown over the implants with the help of abutments. The total time taken from the day your implants are placed to the day the crown is attached, can be anywhere in between three to nine months.
At Beaverton Oral Surgeons, we understand how important your oral health is, which is why we provide only the best dental care to our patients. To learn more about dental implants and how they can help you restore damaged or missing teeth, feel free to reach us at (971) 249-8370.