Do These Things Before Your Dental Implant Surgery

11 April 2023
 Categories: Dentist, Blog


If you are about to have dental implant surgery, you are probably excited and a bit nervous. Your dentist may have provided you with a list of things to do before you appear for your procedures. However, the below preparations may not have been on that list. Preparing for dental implant surgery is important to ensure a smooth and successful procedure. Here are some tips on how to prepare for dental implant surgery:

Follow Pre-Operative Instructions: Your dentist will provide you with pre-operative instructions, which may include fasting before the surgery or avoiding certain medications. It is important to follow these instructions closely to minimize the risk of complications. 

Take a Day or So Off: You should not go back to work after the procedure, and you might benefit from more time off of work. All types of surgery can impact you, even minor surgery like dental implant surgery. 

Arrange Transportation: You will need someone to drive you to and from the surgery as you may not be able to drive yourself because of anesthesia. Even if you opt for a local, you will appreciate having someone with you for support.

Stock Up on Soft Foods: After the surgery, your mouth will be sensitive, and you may experience swelling or pain. Stock up on soft foods such as soup, mashed potatoes, and smoothies, which will be easier to eat. You may not feel up to a trip to the store after the surgery, so prepare ahead.

Avoid Smoking: If you smoke, it is recommended to stop smoking before and after the surgery as smoking can interfere with the healing process and increase the risk of complications.

Maintain Good Oral Hygiene: It is important to maintain good oral hygiene before the surgery to reduce the risk of infection. Brush and floss your teeth regularly and visit your dentist for a cleaning before the surgery. If you need any work done other than the implant, you can expect to get that done prior to surgery.

Wear Comfortable Clothing: On the day of the surgery, wear loose, comfortable clothing that will not interfere with the procedure or cause discomfort. You may need to allow access to your arms, for example, depending on the anesthesia used.

Discuss Anesthesia Options: Discuss anesthesia options with your dentist or oral surgeon beforehand to determine the best option for you. There are different types of anesthesia available, including local anesthesia, sedation, and general anesthesia.

By following these tips, you can prepare yourself for a successful dental implant surgery and ensure a smooth recovery. Speak to a family dental care service to find out more.