There are several steps you can take before receiving dental implants to help improve the outcome. Dental implants may require several procedures, and you are an essential member of the dental team. Success has a lot to do with you, and how you prepare for dental implants.
A single tooth implant is often a two-part surgery. The initial procedure places the actual titanium implant into the jawbone. The implant is then given time to fuse with the bone. This can take 3 to 6 months. Once the implant and bone mesh, a new prosthetic tooth or crown is placed on top.
The way you can prepare is first by answering all the medical questions your dentist asks, and revealing all medications, supplements, herbal remedies, and vitamins you are taking. Also, make certain your dentist is aware of any orthopedic implants or heart conditions. Your dentist may ask you to stop taking certain medications or prescribe antibiotics before the dental implant procedure. Additionally, inform your dentist is you are nursing or the possibility of pregnancy.
Moreover, there are several options for anesthesia. Talk to your dentist about what is the best choice for you. The dental team will provide specific instructions about eating and drinking before the dental implant procedure. With general anesthesia, you will need someone to drive you home. Furthermore, you will need rest the balance of the day.
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