The surgical placement of dental implants is a fantastic solution for patients who are missing teeth, and it can produce results that appear and feel completely natural. Even though most people focus on the surgical procedure itself, what you do prior to surgery plays an equally important role in ensuring a speedy and complete recovery following surgery. You can make your surgical experience as smooth as possible by following these pre-operative tips.
Do not consume alcohol or tobacco products.
Our team understands that this may be difficult for some of our patients, but alcohol and tobacco products have a negative impact on healing. If you wish to ensure that you heal fully and properly following surgery, you should refrain from using these products for several weeks, both before and after the procedure.
Keep your oral hygiene in check.
In preparation for your surgery, you should brush and floss as you normally would. Maintaining proper oral health is essential for controlling oral bacteria. The purpose of this is to prevent complications such as infection from occurring during surgery.
Make sure you take care of your daily responsibilities.
It is important that you take the time to rest and heal during your recovery period. In order to achieve this goal, you will have to prepare yourself. Prior to your surgery, we recommend that you:
- Pick up your medications prior to your appointment in order to be proactive.
- If you need soft foods, oral hygiene products, or any other items while you are recovering, you should purchase them ahead of time.
- Ensure that any daily chores, such as cleaning your house, doing your laundry, taking out the garbage, etc., are completed.
- Make sure that your loved ones and pets are cared for while you are recovering.
Stay comfortable and clean.
Ensure that you get a good night’s sleep before surgery so that you can be as rested and relaxed as possible. The quality of your sleep can make all the difference in the speed of your recovery. To ensure that you are as comfortable as possible during surgery, it is also recommended that you wear loose, soft clothing.
Consult your oral surgeon.
Contact our oral surgery office today if you would like to find out more about dental implants and whether they may be right for you. We will assist you in making wise decisions regarding your oral surgery procedures and which treatment options are most appropriate for you.