WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root implanted into your jaw to hold in place a replacement tooth. These implants are a permanent solution to a missing tooth and are designed to look, function, and blend in with the rest of your teeth. They are very durable, comfortable, and can help bring confidence back to your smile.
WHY GET DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Dental implants are a viable option for a person who may have lost a tooth due to periodontal disease, an injury, tooth decay, a broken tooth, or critical gingivitis. They serve as a great alternative to the traditional fixed bridge or dentures, while providing more durability and permanence, without affected the surrounding teeth. Implanting a single tooth also makes cleaning between them easy, ultimately resulting in better oral hygiene.
- Wear loose fitting clothing that the sleeves can be rolled up on so that we can easily monitor your blood pressure or insert an IV if necessary.
- Avoid alcohol for 24 hours before, since alcohol can make it harder to numb the surgical site.
- Brush you teeth before the surgery to reduce your chance of bacterial infection.
- If you choose IV sedation, do not drink or eat anything for 8 hours prior to surgery.
- If you are not using IV sedation, please eat breakfast or lunch on the day of surgery.
- If you choose IV sedation, make sure you have someone there to drive you home after the surgery.
DENTAL IMPLANT PROCEDURE
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Do not chew on the side of the mouth with the implant.
- If you experience swelling or discomfort, apply an ice pack to the side of your face for 10-15 minutes at a time.
- Do not drink through a straw for the first several days.
- Do not smoke.
- Avoid spitting and vigorously rinsing your mouth out.
- Use a saltwater rinse a few times a day after your surgery.