Are you scheduled for a dental implant procedure? If so, you’re on your way to having a healthier, more attractive smile! Dental implants can help you replace missing teeth and gain confidence and self-esteem. However, you may be curious about what to expect from your dental implant procedure. You should discuss any concerns about your dental implant procedure with your Springfield dentist and take a look at the information below to get a general idea of what you can expect.
- Before the dental implant procedure: You will first undergo a comprehensive dental exam. During this time, you should disclose any medicines you are taking, including prescription and over-the-counter medications and supplements. In order to prevent infection, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics before the procedure. Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions regarding eating and drinking the evening and morning before your dental implant procedure.
- During the dental implant procedure: You will be sedated during the course of the procedure, and your dental specialist will help you decide what form of sedation is best for you. During the initial procedure, your dentist will place a dental implant cylinder in your jaw bone, and subsequent procedures will be scheduled so your dentist can attach an abutment and artificial tooth to the cylinder.
- Immediately after the dental implant procedure: You must have a friend or family member drive you home after the procedure, as you will be woozy from the anesthesia. Plan to remain at home and rest for the remainder of the day. You will experience facial swelling, bruising, pain, and minor bleeding at the implant site. Your doctor may prescribe medication to help you manage any pain and discomfort.
- In the days and weeks following the dental implant procedure: It is essential that you follow your doctor’s instructions vigilantly. Eat only soft foods for five to seven days and refrain from smoking, as it interferes with the healing process.
Would you like to know more about dental implants or other dental procedures? Call Springfield's dedicated professionals at Northern Virginia Dental Associates at (888) 862-0095 for more information.