Preparing for Dental Implants: What You Need to Do

Dental implants are permanent, porcelain teeth that are fitted into your mouth by screwing them into your jawbone. Within a few hours you can enjoy a brand-new smile with a full set of teeth you can use just like your original set. As you get ready to have this dental procedure done, keep in mind that this is a fairly non-invasive oral surgery. There are things you can do at home to get ready for the procedure so you can recover comfortably.

Take a few days off work

You may have mild swelling and irritation for a few days after having your dental implants placed. Your oral surgeon may prescribe you a painkiller to help make healing more successful. Take time off work in advance so you don't put your body under stress trying to handle work (or school) for a few days. You will want to take this time to rest and get used to your new smile. If you can't afford to take time off work, try to schedule your procedure on a day right before your regular days off to allow yourself time to heal.

Stock up on soft foods

Your jaw may be a bit sore following your dental work, so you will want to stock up on soft foods that don't strain your mouth when you eat them. Mashed potatoes, yogurt, and soups are excellent items to keep on hand until your jaw feels more comfortable for chewing. Try to avoid overly hot or very cold foods, such as ice cream, which can cause pain in your tender nerves following dental work. Your oral surgeon can provide you a list in advance of the types of foods they recommend for you to nosh on after your dental implant surgery.

Set up a ride

You will want someone to give you a ride to and from the dental office so you don't have to worry about transportation home following surgery. You will be groggy and possibly in some pain and you will not be in a condition to drive for several hours. Have a friend, family member, or a cab service ready to assist you to make getting to and from your appointment as safe and comfortable as possible.

Fill your prescription

Have your oral surgeon send in your prescription upon arrival of your appointment so you don't have to wait to have it filled after surgery. Make sure to pick your prescription up from the pharmacy after your procedure is complete even if you don't feel any discomfort right away. This way, you won't be struggling to get to the pharmacy later when you really need your painkillers or antibiotics.

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