Want Your Dental Implants Surgery to be Successful? Take These 10 Precautions


Getting a dental implant is possibly the best solution for missing teeth and can last long with proper care. The care, however, starts even before you get the implant. 
Dental implants have gained increasing popularity over the years, and for good reason. Studies have revealed that the success rate of dental implants has been reported in scientific literature to be 98 percent. 
While the numbers are reassuring, one cannot overlook the remaining two percent or deny that an implant will fail. However, you can minimize the risk of failure by taking adequate precautions before undergoing the implantation procedure.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants involve a curative surgery, which can help restore lost teeth. It is the chosen method of fixing dental conditions for several reasons. 
For one, the implants stay in place once fixed. When they’re placed inside the gum line, a procedure called osseointegration is performed, which helps in the fusing of the titanium with the jawbone, and this serves as the roots of the missing teeth. This is the reason why dental aesthetics become more robust than before. 
Another reason is that dental implants are instrumental in the regeneration and redevelopment of your mouth’s bone structure. Further, the materials used in the implants do not decay like natural teeth do. 
You can get dental implants if you:
a) Have missing teeth
b) Have a full-grown jawbone
c) Have the required amount of bone to create a bone graft
d) Have supportive oral tissues
e) Have good bone health
f) Are ready to dedicate several months to post-surgery care 
Precautionary Measures to Take before Getting Dental Implants
   1. Talk It Out
Have a chat with your dental care provider to get all your doubts related to dental implants cleared. Start making a list of the surgery-related questions before going for your consultation. This will help you gain confidence in the procedure and minimize your fear.
Also, it is important that your dental care provider is aware of your complete medical history. This includes any allergies, current medical conditions, and any medicines and/or over-the-counter supplements you take. 
   2. Don’t Ignore Your Medicines
It is likely that your dental care provider will prescribe certain medication for you before the surgery. Ensure that you follow his instructions as not taking these medicines can have lasting effects on your health post the surgery. 
For example, if you have a heart condition, your dental care provider may ask you to take certain antibiotics before the surgery to mitigate the risk of infection. In case of any confusion/queries with respect to any medicine, call your dental clinic. 
   3. Eat Well before the Procedure
You will not be able to consume any eatables for a couple of hours post the surgery, which is why you need to eat a wholesome meal beforehand. After the surgery, do not try to eat anything until your dental care provider gives you the green light. The site of the surgery will be numb for quite a while after the procedure.
   4. Don’t Plan Heavy Exercises
You will not be in a position to exert energy in any manner or perform heavy-duty physical workouts for a few days after the surgery. So, avoid planning such activities in advance.
   5. Stop Smoking
If you are a smoker, you will need to abstain from smoking for a week to ten days before the date of your surgery.
   6. Decide Who Will Accompany You
You’re going to be under sedation during the surgery. It is, therefore, suggested to have someone you trust close by as you will probably not be able to go home by yourself after the procedure.
   7. Talk about Pain Control Options
Discuss the pain control measures with your dental care provider in advance to know exactly what you’re getting into. Your options may include local anesthesia, sedation or general anesthesia. Depending on the decision, your dental care provider can advise you about your eating and drinking schedule before the surgery. 
   8. Make Sure Your Teeth are Squeaky Clean
It is important that your teeth are cleaned thoroughly before the dental implants procedure. They need to be free of bacteria, infections, and plaque as only then the surgery will be successful. If this precaution isn’t taken, your implants will fail and cause you unnecessary pain.
   9. Prepare Your Treatment Plan
Apart from dealing with the comprehensive dental exam, x-rays, and models of your teeth and mouth, you need to have discussed your treatment plan with your dental care provider. The plan will depend on certain conditions such as the number of teeth that need to be replaced and the health of your jawbone.   
Various types of dental care specialists, such as periodontists and maxillofacial surgeons, may be involved when finalizing the treatment plan. 
   10. Choose the Right Care Provider
When getting dental implants, the last thing you want is to travel long distances to and from the dental specialist’s clinic. It is, therefore, recommended to pick a locally skilled practitioner and make the whole process that much convenient for yourself. For example, if you reside around Plano, pick someone who does dental implants in Plano.
Word of Caution
Like all surgeries, dental implant surgery also comes with its own share of health risks such as infection at the implant area, injury to the surrounding teeth and blood vessels, nerve damage that results in numbness or tingling in your mouth, and sinus problems. If you notice any of these conditions affecting you, contact your dental care provider immediately. These problems are rare and easily treated.  
For long-term success, a dental implant surgery requires not only extensive post-surgery care, but also comprehensive pre-surgery precautions. Nobody likes poor teeth structure, and while dental implants can make your mouth look attractive again, they do demand their share of care. Do keep the above pointers in mind before getting dental implants and they will last you long. 

Article last time updated on 22.06.2018.

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