A: You’re going to make sure that you have your oral hygiene improved so that the dental implant won’t fail. That’s pretty much it, there’s not much you can do from the patient side before you have your dental implant surgery.
So, you’ve made the brave choice to get your smile back with dental implants—now what? That’s the question we get asked most often after patients decide to proceed. In case you are considering dental implants but haven’t read up on them much, here’s a quick explanation of what they are.
Dental implants replace the root of your natural teeth and allow a permanent crown to be affixed. The implants themselves are made from biocompatible titanium and are the best option to replace teeth. Now, a dental implant is a surgical procedure—it’s implanting a titanium post into your jawbone to support a restoration. Dental implants will not decay and they save your jawbone from deteriorating, unlike dentures which will not save your jawbone. For this reason alone, dental implants in DC are becoming the #1 choice for tooth replacement.
Dr. Nahlah is very pragmatic in his approach to dental implants. His answer is 100% correct— you don’t need to do anything before implant surgery other than keeping up with your dental hygiene. However, there are some things you can and should want to do just to make certain your procedure goes as smoothly as possible. So, of course, the bare minimum preparation is just making sure your hygiene is on point. But the more you prepare the better your procedure and recovery will go—so why not go beyond the minimum?
The Pro Guide To Preparing For Dental Implant Surgery
As we’ve mentioned in prior weeks, Dr. Nahlah is one of the leading dentists performing state-of-the-art dental implant surgery in DC. However, there are some preparation tips that you can follow to tackle your procedure like a pro:
For this procedure to be a complete success several steps need to happen in order. Usually, they are done in one day for most patients, although in some cases it may take a few visits. Dr. Nahlah will assess your circumstances in the initial consultation and develop a game plan to accommodate them.
This consultation stage is the best time to lay all your questions and concerns on the table. Questions about recovery, pain management, expectations, etc. Basically, anything that might impact your confidence and peace of mind about the procedure should be addressed during this consultation. When you are at peace and fully trust the process and Dr. Nahlah—you can rest assured it will go smoothly.
Oral surgery can limit some of the foods you can eat or drink, both before and after getting dental implants. If Dr. Nahlah prescribes avoiding any foods before the surgery it would be best to adhere to that. Even you aren’t put on pre-op restrictions it’s wise to avoid acidic or spicy foods before the procedure. It could irritate your gums during the procedure which could mean more discomfort than normal post-op.
Now, after the procedure, it is advised to stick to soft foods such as meal replacement shakes or mashed potatoes. Also avoid foods that stick to your teeth such as hard candy, caramels, corn on the cob, and anything hard. Keep in mind, even though your pain level may be exceptionally low, that’s due to medication and numbing agents. When the nerves “wake up,” any hard chewing, biting, or food stuck in your gums is going to irritate them. Just because surgery for dental implants in DC is low-pain, doesn’t mean your gums didn’t endure trauma. They will absolutely be very sensitive, manageable—yes, but still sensitive. So, it’s best to avoid anything that’s going to hinder healing or add pain.
Although dental implants in DC are a relatively easy surgery, that doesn’t mean it won’t require an organized recovery plan. Your surgery will realistically need to be afforded a few days of prep and a few days of recovery after. You will want to coordinate your schedule before and after the surgery to accommodate accordingly. It can set the wrong mood when you realize your schedule conflicts with your surgery date. So, it’s best to avoid scheduling conflicts and plan in advance so you have peace of mind at your appointment.
Don’t Forget Financials
We understand dental implants in DC can be a significant cost because they are such an advanced and permanent solution. That is why it is of utmost importance to discuss all the costs involved with Dr. Nahlah and payment options.
If you have insurance, your plan may or may not cover a portion of the costs. However, each plan is different so verify the requirements of your carrier. If you do not have insurance or your carrier does not cover it, we offer very reasonable financing options through Lending Club. It is recommended to secure your financing well in advance to account for any delays with funding. You don’t want to have to figure these things out 15 minutes before your surgery.
Expect To Need At Least SOME Recovery
Most patients feel more at peace about dental implant surgery when they’ve taken the time to prepare themselves. We mean psychologically because they should expect to potentially endure some minor pain, a bit of bruising as well as slight bleeding and swelling.
Granted, that might intimidate you at first, but Dr. Nahlah has very gentle and steady hands in surgery. Also, when you consider how attentive our staff is and our relaxing environment—overall it’s minimal at best. Of course, we understand— not every patient is the same and your level of pain may vary. However, most patients feel good enough to go back to work in 24 hours with a Tylenol.
Regardless of how smoothly your surgery goes, we do recommend you prepare for at least some recovery time. Possibly 48-72 hours is optimal, this gives your body time to relax, which helps you heal as well.
Make Sure You Have Reliable Transportation before Surgery
Dr. Nahlah is adamant about patient safety when you’re in our care. No matter where you get dental implants in DC, you’ll likely be sedated. That will leave most patients groggy and unable to drive home safely. For your safety, we require you to have transportation arranged or we cannot perform the surgery. Whether that transportation is bringing a relative or friend with you, or utilizing a private car service that is pre-scheduled, it does not matter. We just want you to get home safely to begin your recovery.
Get Some Rest
Sleep is how your body shuts down to repair and rejuvenate itself. Considering you’re going to be undergoing a significant surgical procedure, rest is crucial. Make sure you get a good night’s rest the evening before your surgery. If you are feeling nervous about the surgery and have trouble sleeping, consider a natural aid such as melatonin.
Rest will help you keep stress levels minimal which is also a key factor in lowering your blood pressure. We need you at 100% when you arrive for your procedure. If your blood pressure is significantly elevated when you arrive it may delay things. So, get to bed early, sleep well, and get ready for your new smile the next day!
Get Your Smile Back With The Best Dental Implants In DC
If you’ve made it through this article, you’re likely leaning towards getting dental implants by Dr. Nahlah. Congratulations! You’re making the best choice for maintaining and restoring a healthy smile. If you have more questions or want to book a consultation—contact us today, we love bringing smiles back to life.