Tooth loss may affect not only your oral health, but your appearance and confidence as well. This problem may also prevent you from speaking or eating well. Fortunately, Loveland Dental Group offers an excellent solution in the form of dental implants. This cosmetic dentistry option involves surgically placing metal posts in your dental arch. To help you prepare for this procedure, here are some steps you can take.
Undergo a Comprehensive Dental Assessment
In every dental procedure, performing a comprehensive dental exam is always a priority. We may review your medical history to check if you have any contraindications to the surgery. We will also assess the current condition of your oral health, which may include taking dental x-rays of the affected site. We’ll create molds of your dental arch, particularly the area where the implant will be positioned.
Listen Carefully to Your Dentist’s Explanation
Once we have decided that dental implants are the best management for your condition, we’ll explain the step-by-step process of the surgery. This may include jaw preparation, damaged teeth removal, and bone grafting. Please take down notes for your reference. It may be a good idea as well to have a companion with you during the consultation.
Feel Free to Raise Any Concerns You May Have
After explaining your test results and the dental implant process, we welcome any questions or concerns you may have about the surgery. We will do our best to combine our knowledge and experience to answer every one of them. Rest assured that we will only push through with the procedure once you have a complete understanding of it.
Keep Our Pre-Operative Guidelines
Once you have given your consent to undergo dental implant surgery, your reliable oral surgeon will then provide detailed pre-operative instructions. This may include diet and activity modifications depending on the anesthesia to be used. We may also prescribe prophylactic antibiotics, reducing your risk of infections and other post-operative complications. It may be best to arrange for a drive home after the procedure, since you may feel dizzy as the sedative wears off.
If you have any further questions about preparing for a dental implant surgery, call us today at (704) 312-8889. You may also complete our form to request an appointment. We serve Huntersville, Cornelius, and nearby NC areas.