Everyone wants their dental implant procedure to go as smoothly as possible. That is why people only work with oral surgeons that they trust. That said, the success of surgery doesn't just rest in the hands of a surgeon. There are a lot of things that you can do to ensure success and aid a speedy recovery. We at the facilities of Dr. Suzanne Caudry are here to tell you about all of these things and more.
Read at your leisure. Should any questions arise, don't hesitate to contact us. Dr. Caudry and her dream-team staff are here to answer all of your questions. Our phone number is (416) 928-3444.
All About Dental Implant Surgery
Dental implants have the power to restore your smile and your overall oral health. When you consider the benefits of a positive self-image and oral health to your overall health, there is no reason not to seek out dental implants if you are in need.
The right dental implant specialist can do wonders. Under optimal conditions, your dental surgeon might even be able to place multiple dental implants in one session, sparing you from having to sit in the dentist's chair any longer than necessary. As much as an oral surgeon can do to ensure surgical success, though, there is still a lot that you can do to make sure you're ready for your surgery.
Proper Oral Hygiene Matters
Before we discuss what you can do in the final days leading up to the surgery, we think we should stress the importance of routine oral hygiene. As wise as it might be to get a good night's sleep and avoid certain acidic foods the night before a surgery, you always stand to benefit from taking proper care of your teeth and gums.
Regular brushing, flossing, and visits to the dentist ensure that your oral health remains optimal. The healthier your teeth and gums are, the healthier your teeth and gums will be after undergoing surgery. Whether you are immunocompromised or not, it is always important to do what you can to avoid dental implant failure.
Like most surgical procedures, dental implant surgery requires the patient to fast the night before they undergo surgery. Why do people fast before dental implant surgery? There are more reasons than you might think.
For one, fasting reduces the risks of aspiration during the surgical procedure. Without fasting, the sedation or anesthesia they receive might unsettle their stomachs. By fasting, you can avoid a lot of the complications that sometimes arise because of a full stomach and sedation.
Pick Up Medications in Advance
Depending on the nature of your surgery, you can expect a recovery period that lasts for several days or a week. During this period, you might need to self-administer prescription medications to ease discomfort or maintain optimal health. We advise people to pick up any prescription medications they need prior to surgery so they do not have to venture in and out of the home during the crucial period of early recovery. The less stress you put on yourself during this period, the better!
Secure Safe Transportation
Both sedation and anesthesia leave patients quite foggy after a surgery. Returning home unaccompanied is not always advisable, and that is why we remind patients to ask a family member or friend for a ride from the oral health facility after their surgery. No one is fit to drive themselves home after waking up from their dental implant surgery.
Stock Your Fridge and Pantry
We doubt that you will want to go grocery shopping in the hours after undergoing dental implant surgery. We advise patients to stock their fridge and pantry with appropriate foods and beverages prior to undergoing surgery. Having access to suitable food and drink will keep you from indulging in meals and snacks that might put you at risk of infection during the recovery period.
What should you drink? We recommend sticking to healthy beverages such as water, tea, dairy products, and protein drinks. As for food, steer clear of anything too hot, too cold, or too hard. Soft and manageable foods are best in the week that follows dental implant surgery. Your mouth may be sensitive, and harder foods might also compromise the implant site, as well.
Get a Good Nights Sleep
The importance of sleep cannot be overstated when it comes to your overall health. Arriving well-rested will reduce anxiety and ensure your immune system is prepared for the surgical procedure that awaits you. While sleep might not be a silver bullet against infections and surgical complications, getting a good sleep prior to a surgery is one of the easiest things you can do to.
Ask all the Questions You Have
You might have a lot of questions in the days and weeks leading up to your dental implant surgery. How long should the procedure take? What should you expect during the recovery period? Are there any risks for someone like yourself? Going into a surgery with unanswered questions like these might leave you feeling more stressed than necessary. Our advice? Do away with the stress and give yourself peace of mind.
The more you know, the more prepared you will feel for the surgery itself and the recovery period. Never hesitate to ask any question that comes to mind. Your oral surgeon is here to help you in ways big and small.
Learn More About Dental Implants Today
With so much to learn about dental implants, you surely have one or two more questions. We invite you to direct all questions and concerns to our facilities. Dr. Caudry's staff is here to answer whatever questions that come to mind. When the time comes to book your dental implant surgery, we hope you think of us, as well. With years of unrivaled experience to Dr. Caudry's name, there is no better facility for you to undergo treatment.
Learn more by calling (416) 928-3444 today.