Dental implants are completed in two phases: implantation and restoration. The first is an oral procedure completed at Armitage Oral Surgery. Our world-class oral surgeons, Dr. Katabi and Dr. Smythe, perform the treatment with the utmost in expertise and personal attention. If you are getting ready for dental implant placement in 60647, you’ve made a great choice!
There are a few things you need to know as you prepare for your new tooth replacement — like how to stock your fridge for your recovery, for one. Keep reading to learn more about what to expect from before and after your dental implant placement.
What Happens During Dental Implant Placement?
Dental implant placement is a joint effort between our expert oral surgeons and your general dentist. We work together to put together a personalized treatment plan that will meet your specific needs best.
Whether you need a single dental implant or enough to support a complete prosthetic, your dental implant procedure will be carried out at our office under anesthesia and sedation, as desired.
Once you are completely comfortable, Dr. Katabi or Dr. Smythe will open the gum and use precise surgical guides to insert each dental implant beneath the gum line. The implant is either exposed above the gums or it is buried beneath. The gum tissue is closed with stitches and recovery begins. After healing is complete, you return to your general dentist for the restoration of the dental implants.
If you are undergoing general anesthesia for your procedure, we will instruct you not to eat or drink anything (including water) at least six hours before your surgery. You should also plan to have someone drive you home after the appointment. Because the effects are mild, patients who choose nitrous oxide and local anesthesia only can eat or drink in the hours leading up to the procedure, and may drive themselves away from the office.
You will be instructed to maintain a soft foods diet in the first few days (more on that below). In the days before your procedure, you may want to stock your fridge and pantry full of things that will be nutritious and easy to eat as you recover.
If you have had anything stronger than nitrous oxide and local anesthesia, you will remain groggy for the first few hours following your dental implantation. Avoid eating or drinking anything until you have regained feeling in your mouth.
Maintain a soft foods diet in the first few days, and resume eating as discomfort allows. Some foods that are nutritious and easy to eat include eggs, fish, fruit smoothies, yogurt, and potato soup.
Take any medications we have prescribed exactly as directed. Brush and floss your teeth that very night, but be gentle around the implant site.
Your symptoms, like minor bleeding, swelling, and discomfort, should subside after a few days. If they persist or worsen, though, do not hesitate to get in touch with your oral surgeon.
Contact Your Oral Surgeon in Chicago
If you still have questions about your dental implant placement procedure, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the team at Armitage Oral Surgery. We want to ensure you have all the information you need regarding each step of your dental implant procedure. Contact us at any time!