Tooth implant surgery can be stressful, but the entire process can be less stressful by knowing how to prepare properly for the day of the surgery. Contact Cary Family Dental to discuss your treatment plan. While every patient should follow the unique directions provided by their dentist, there are some global procedures for all patients. Since a patient is put under anesthesia during dental implant surgery, much of the fear surrounding the procedure deals with after the surgery. Here are a few things to know when preparing for your surgery day, to help stay calm and confident.
Do your research
Background knowledge is powerful when it comes to getting ready for dental implant surgery, so it is always a good idea to have a conversation with your dentist about what the process involves. If there are any unanswered questions that give you anxiety, try to find answers to calm your nerves as much as possible. In most cases, those who go through implant surgery find the process is not nearly as invasive, painful or long as they initially anticipated.
Don’t eat before surgery
Although the exact preparations vary for each patient’s implant surgery, it is important for anyone who will be placed under anesthesia to not eat or drink anything for at least eight to 12 hours before. This can minimize any nausea that exists after the surgery is over. Be sure to plan for this by eating substantial meals the day before the surgery is scheduled, also considering that your diet is likely to change for the first week after your surgery.
Get proper rest
The length of the recovery is dependent on how much rest a patient receives. The more you rest and follow your post-surgery instructions, the faster you can return to daily life. You can get back to normal activities and eating foods you like while enjoying a beautiful smile and functional teeth. It is important to also plan for any diet changes that are desired or required after the surgical procedure, as chewing harder foods will be more difficult for a while.