Getting your first dental implant? Here’s how you can have the best experience possible.
If you’ve already experienced tooth loss or have a troublesome tooth that will soon need to be extracted, dental implants are a wonderful restorative solution. Over three million Americans have at least one dental implant and another 500,000 join the ranks every year.
Modern dental implants are now a fairly routine option offered by experienced dentists like Dr. Tyler. However, implant surgery is still a more serious procedure compared to something simple, such as getting a cavity filled. If you’ve never had a dental implant before, you might be feeling a little bit of anxiety mixed with your excitement.
You can ease your worries and set yourself up for success with some of these helpful tips.
How you can prepare for dental implant surgery before your appointment at Duvall Dental Center.
Your consultation went smoothly and Dr. Tyler found that you’re an ideal candidate for a dental implant. While you’re waiting for the big day, here are a few things to take care of in the days before your appointment.
Stock up on plenty of soft foods and drinks.
You probably won’t feel like walking around a grocery store, let alone cooking a meal after your appointment. Stocking up on soft foods, nutritional drinks, water, soup, and anything else you might need will allow you to rest after your appointment and not be tempted to skip a meal. Remember, you’ll need to eat a soft food diet for weeks after dental implant surgery, and even longer if you need a bone graft.
Move around your schedule so you can take it easy the next day.
Some patients may feel well enough to return to work the next day, but others may feel more comfortable waiting a day or two post-surgery. If you’ve never had an implant and are unsure of how you might feel, it’s best to play it on the safe side and take at least the following day off work or other activities.
Ask your dentist about sedation options if you’re anxious.
If you’re feeling anxious about dental implant surgery, there’s definitely nothing to feel embarrassed about. Rather than trying to tough it out, we encourage our anxious patients to reach out to us so Dr. Tyler can discuss sedation options. We always want our patients to feel as relaxed as possible so don’t hesitate to ask us about conscious oral sedation.
Get plenty of sleep the day before your appointment.
Getting a full night’s sleep before your appointment helps ease worries and ensures your body is well rested. Dental implant surgery is very safe and quite straightforward, but as with any type of medical procedure, it does put the body through stress. Getting plenty of rest before oral surgery will help kickstart your body’s healing response.
What you can expect to happen during your dental implant surgery with Dr. Tyler.
For a single implant in a healthy patient without bone loss, the actual placement of the implant post may be over in as little as 30 minutes. Some factors may cause the appointment to run a little longer, but we often find that our patients are surprised as to how quick and easy it is to place the post.
Recovering from implant surgery and what happens after you’re healed.
Your dental implant surgery was a success and now you’re back home recovering. Here’s what is and isn’t normal after dental implant placement and what happens after you’ve finally healed completely.
Healing after dental implant surgery takes longer than other procedures.
It’s normal to feel discomfort and soreness, and if you take a peek in your mouth you might also see some swelling, redness, and slight bleeding around the implant post. These types of symptoms may last about a week or so.
Overall healing time after dental implant surgery does take a while, potentially even a few months. After a couple of weeks, you’ll likely feel back to normal, but should continue to follow Dr. Tyler’s instructions on diet and care as your jaw and post aren’t fully healed yet.
How you can help your dental implant heal as quickly as possible.
The best way to help your dental implant heal as quickly as possible is to follow Dr. Tyler’s after-care instructions, keep up a thorough at-home oral care routine, and continue with your soft food diet. Proper nutrition and plenty of rest are important, especially during the first week after implant surgery.
If you’re experiencing any complications, don’t hesitate to call Dr. Tyler for advice.
If you’re experiencing extreme pain, swelling that won’t subside, or any signs of infection, it’s important to call us immediately. In fact, if you’re experiencing any symptoms that you’re not sure are normal or not, even if it doesn’t seem serious, we still encourage you to give the office a call. Complications after dental implant surgery are rare, but it’s always better to be cautious.
What happens after your implant is completely healed?
During the healing process, you’ll come back to see us routinely so Dr. Tyler can check in on your progress. Once he finds that your bone has successfully fused to the implant post, you’ll be able to schedule your next appointment to have your new tooth placed.
Ready to restore your smile with dental implants? Book your visit with Dr. Tyler.
Whenever you’re ready to transform your smile with dental implants, Dr. Tyler and the Duvall Dental Center team will be waiting. Your first appointment will involve a comprehensive consultation to see if you’re an ideal candidate for dental implants. From there you and Dr. Tyler will work together to figure out a plan that best fits your current level of oral health.
In some cases, you may be able to move forward with surgery right away. But if Dr. Tyler discovers some underlying health concerns like gum disease, don’t worry! Dr. Tyler will help you get your oral health back on track to ensure your future dental implant surgery goes as smoothly as possible.
When you’re ready to book a visit, you can either call our office directly or fill out our online appointment request form.