How you prepare
Most comprehensive plans are established by a prosthodontist; a dental specialist who is expert at formulating treatment plans and delivering dental treatment that will exceed your expectations. Because dental implants require one or more surgical procedures, you must have a thorough evaluation to prepare for the process, including a:
- Comprehensive dental exam. You may have dental X-rays taken and models made of your teeth and mouth to aid us in the diagnostic process.
- Treatment plan. Tailored to you! This plan takes into account factors such as how many teeth you need replaced, how your teeth chew (occlusion) and the condition of your gum and jawbone. The planning process is comprehensive in nature. We gather all the information, assimilate it to provide you with the best solution that meets your current needs, while at the same time attempting to predict your future needs. We always create plans that are patient focused.
Tell us about any existing medical conditions and any medications you take, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs and supplements. If you have certain heart conditions or orthopedic implants, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics before surgery to help prevent infection.
To control pain, anesthesia options during surgery include local anesthesia, moderate sedation or deep sedation. Talk to your dental specialist about which option is best for you. Your dental care team will instruct you about eating and drinking before surgery, depending on what type of anesthesia you have. If you’re having general anesthesia, plan to have someone take you home after surgery and expect to rest for the remainder of the day.