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Preparing Yourself For Implant Dentures

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You’ve finally decided that you’ll be getting dental implants but you’re still not sure how to prepare for the process – there’s no need to worry. The Ottawa South Denture Clinic is here to provide you with a guideline of how to best prepare yourself, what you should expect, and how to make getting your dental implants go as smoothly as possible.

We want to ease your pre-procedure anxieties, help you thoroughly prepare for your surgery, and provide you with a solution that will bring back confidence in your smile.

What To Expect From Dental Implant Surgery

We find that one of the best ways to prepare yourself for dental implant surgery is to fully understand the process, what it entails, and what to expect.

Depending on the number of implants being placed, you will either be put to sleep or will be administered a local anesthetic. Even if you are conscious during the installation of your dental implants, the local anesthetic will numb the area so you shouldn’t feel a thing. For either circumstance, you shouldn’t experience any pain when getting dental implants. Following the procedure, it is likely that you will experience some discomfort, but Tylenol or Advil will do the trick to settle the pain.

It is completely normal to experience swelling and inflammation in the gums during the first 24-48 hours following your dental implant procedure – the peak usually being 2-3 days after the surgery. The majority of swelling and inflammation should be gone within 5-7 days.

Dental implants have a 98% success rate throughout their clinical history – proving that they are the most effective and reliable option for missing and damaged teeth.

Physical & Mental Preparation

How well you prepare and take care of yourself before and after a surgery has a direct correlation to how quickly and effectively you will heal. We understand that preparing for surgery can be nerve-wracking, that’s why we want to help prepare you as effectively as possible.

Depending on whether you’re under local or general anesthesia, you may have to fast for 12 hours before the surgery begins. Although it’s not mandatory for dental implant surgery, a prophylactic antibiotic is useful in achieving long-term success rates in dental implants. Antibiotics are used to prevent any postoperative infections that could impact the successful installation of your dental implants.

To make you feel more at ease and relaxed, we also recommend wearing comfortable clothes during the surgical process. Our best piece of advice is to understand the process, know what to expect, and be sure to ask your dentist lots of questions to help reassure you with your decision.

Plan Ahead & Get Ready For Recovery

After a dental implant procedure, you will experience some soreness and swelling and you will need to give your body some time to rest and heal. By planning ahead and making arrangements before the surgery, you can ensure that the recovery process goes as smoothly as possible.

First and foremost, make sure to enlist a family member or friend to drive you to from your dental implant appointment. You should prepare to spend the first couple of days post-surgery resting and healing – don’t plan a busy week.

We recommend that you plan your meals following your surgery ahead of time. Stock your fridge full of foods that are soft and easy to eat and make sure that you have pain medication on hand as well.

Not only will making a proper recovery plan improve the recovery process, but it will also help you feel more mentally prepared for your procedure knowing that you are ready for it.

Now You’re Ready For Dental Implants!

If you’re physically and mentally prepared for your procedure, all the hard work is done. Now you just have to let our professional dental team do their job. Dental implants are a great permanent solution that can transform and restore you smile. Contact us today to learn more about our process or to book a consultation!