Dental implant provide a lifelike, long-lasting alternative to traditional replacement teeth. A small, surgical-grade titanium post is inserted in the jawbone and functions as a replacement for the tooth root. Jawbone tissue heals tightly to the post for long-term stability. A small abutment attached atop the post secures one or more natural-looking replacement teeth.
Dental Implants are used to:
- Replace single teeth
- Replace multiple teeth
- Replace complete rows of teeth
- Dental implants provide countless benefits over traditional tooth replacement alternatives, including a completely natural look and feel, elimination of jawbone loss and unsurpassed longevity. Implants boast a high success rate – 95 to 99% – and have the potential to last a lifetime with proper care.
Dental Implants – Pre operative instructions
- You may not have anything to eat or drink (including water) for 8 hours prior to the appointment. For morning surgery, no food or liquids after midnight the night before surgery.
- No smoking at least 12 hours before surgery. Ideally, cut down or stop smoking as soon as possible prior to the day of surgery.
- A responsible adult must accompany the patient to the office, remain in the office during the procedure and drive the patient home.
- Plan to rest for the remainder of the surgery day. The patient should not drive a vehicle or operate any machinery for 24 hours following the anesthesia experience.
- Please wear loose-fitting clothing with sleeves that can be rolled up past the elbow and low-heeled shoes.
- Contact lenses, jewelry and dentures must be removed at the time of surgery.
- Do not wear lipstick, excessive makeup or nail polish on the day of surgery.
- If you have an illness such as a cold, sore throat or stomach or bowel upset please notify the office.
- If you take routine oral medications, please check with your doctor prior to your surgical date for instructions.
- The use of alcohol or recreational drugs can have an adverse effect on the anesthesia medications that we use. Please discontinue the use of such for at least 72 hours prior to your procedure.
- If you were prescribed medications by your doctor, please closely follow the instructions for their use.
Dental Implants – Post Opertive instructions
The following will cover important information regarding proper post-surgical care for dental implants.
- Do not disturb the wound. Avoid spitting or touching the wound for a few days after surgery. There may be a metal stump slightly protruding through the gum tissue.
- Some bleeding or redness is normal for 24 hours. Excessive bleeding (your mouth fills up rapidly with blood) can be controlled by biting on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues, please call the office oncall number for further instructions or uncontrolled bleeding report to nearest emergency room.
- Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice bag 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off.
- Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or foods. Soft food and liquids can be consumed on the day of surgery. You may return to a normal diet as tolerated.
- Warm saltwater rinses can be made by mixing a ½ teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water and should be used at least 4–5 times a day, especially after meals.
- Prescription rinse as directed.
- Brushing your teeth and the healing abutments gently with soft bristled tooth brush.
- Keep physical activities to a minimum for one week following surgery.