The team at Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates achieve excellent results when placing dental implants, an ideal option for people who are missing teeth. Part of the reason for this success is total treatment planning for patients in the Montgomery, Prattville, and Troy area. That's planning from beginning to end, and the beginning comes before the oral surgery.
We'd like to use this blog post to go over the basics of pre-operative implant dentistry instructions. This will give you a good idea of what the process entails. More specific and detailed instructions can be provided during your consultation.
Why Pre-Op Instructions Shouldn't Be Taken for Granted
While many people think about the surgical recovery process, the fact of the matter is that the pre-operative instructions are just as crucial for ensuring that patients heal properly. By following pre-op instructions closely, patients reduce the severity and duration of side effects and also prevent complications from occurring as they recover.
Refrain from Tobacco Products and Alcohol
Both tobacco and alcohol will have a negative effect on your overall healing process. Because of this, it's important that patients refrain from smoking and drinking alcohol a few weeks before they undergo oral surgery. This should also be avoided for a few weeks after surgery in order to ensure full and proper healing.
Maintain Good Dental Hygiene
In the lead up to oral surgery, patients should brush and floss as they normally would to ensure their mouth is in good health. This keeps oral bacteria under control and in doing so prevents potential infections and other complications from occurring during the surgery itself and the recovery process.
Run Necessary Errands the Week Before Oral Surgery
In order to ensure that you can rest easy and focus on healing after surgery, it's a good idea to take care of errands ahead of time. We recommend the following in the days leading up to your surgery:
- Pick up prescription medications
- Purchase soft foods or food supplements for the early days of healing
- Purchase any dental products recommended by the oral surgeon
- Clean up around the home
- Do laundry and dry cleaning
Avoid Medications That Thin Blood a Week Prior to Surgery
Blood thinners can make healing from surgery more problematic. Be sure to prevent taking blood thinners as well as other over-the-counter medications that affect blood clotting (e.g., aspirin) at least a week before surgery. Your oral surgeon can provide a full list of medications and supplements to avoid.
Arrange for a Loved One to Provide Transportation and Company
Patients will be under general anesthetic during the oral surgery, and will not be in a fit state to operate a vehicle or even travel without assistance afterward. A loved one should be present to drive or escort the patient to the surgical center and back.
In addition, having a loved one present with you in the first days after oral surgery can be helpful for support and to run any additional errands. Make sure this is taken care of as well.
What to Do the Day Before Oral Surgery
Patients should get a good night's rest the day before surgery and do their best to be as relaxed and ready for the procedure as possible. Depending on the time of the oral surgery and other factors, patients may be asked to fast. This will be discussed during the consultation.
What to Do the Morning of Your Oral Surgery
Before your oral surgery, be sure to brush and floss and make sure that your teeth are clean. Wear loose, comfortable clothing to the practice, and be sure to avoid wearing jewelry, makeup, cologne/perfume, and so on. Ideally you want to be as comfortable as possible when you are at the practice.
Speak with Our Oral Surgery Specialists
If you are interested in dental implants and would like to learn if you are an ideal candidate, be sure to contact our oral surgery specialists today. The team at Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates will help you make smart choices when it comes to implant dentistry and your many other dental health options.