Before, During & After Dental Implants
What to expect before, during & after dental implant surgery at our Prestige Dental Pasadena dental office
Before Dental Implants
If you are undergoing dental implant surgery, it means that you have already been evaluated by a dentist to be sure that you are a good candidate for dental implants. Depending on whether or not you have already lost the tooth, tooth removal could be the first thing to expect prior to the dental implant placement. You can expect your jawbone to be prepared for the dental implant and a certain amount of time is given for the jaw to heal.
Our dentist at Prestige Dental in Pasadena recommends that you wear comfortable clothing, preferably open collared and short-sleeved, to the appointment. Refrain from wearing jewelry. Also, make sure to do the following before your appointment:
- Fill any prescriptions given ahead of time by our dentist so that you can go directly home and relax after the procedure.
- Stock your kitchen with soft foods and juices prior to your appointment. Suggestions include fruit juices, gelatin (Jello), yogurt, pudding, bananas, soups, boiled, steamed or pureed vegetables, mashed potatoes, bananas, soft bread and other soft foods.
- Don’t forget to eat! Unless intravenous sedation will be performed, come to the appointment with your tummy full, since you may not be able to eat for several hours after the visit.
- Take any medications our dentist has required such as antibiotics or pain medication.
During Dental Implants
During the dental implant placement procedure at our Pasadena dental office, Dr. Bouzoghlanian will make you feel comfortable. At Prestige Dental, we will pamper you in our top modern office to help melt away anxiety associated with the procedure! We recommend relaxing as everything is set up for the dental implant procedure. For pain management, the anesthesia method right for you is used to ensure comfort and relaxation!
After Dental Implants
Most of the time, you will be able to drive yourself home after the procedure (unless sedation is performed), but ask our dentist beforehand for your particular case. Also, at Prestige Dental, Dr. Bouzoghlanian will provide you with both written and verbal instructions on what to do after the procedure. These include instructions on how to clean the area, foods to eat and foods to avoid, suggestions on how to manage discomfort, what medications to take, etc.
Once healing is complete, also known as osseointegration, additional minor surgery may be required for some patients in order to place the abutment, which is used to anchor the dental crown. In many cases, the abutment is already attached to the implant that is placed initially, which does not require this additional procedure. Our dentist at Prestige Dental in Pasadena will be able to tell you if additional surgery is required.
Some swelling and discomfort may occur after dental implant surgery along with pain at the dental implant site and minor bleeding. At our Pasadena dental office, Dr. Bouzoghlanian will prescribe an appropriate medication to manage any pain or discomfort. If the discomfort worsens days after the surgery, please contact our Pasadena dentist immediately for additional medication or antibiotics. For the following 10-14 days after surgery, our Pasadena dentist at Prestige Dental recommends eating only soft foods while the implant heals.
Remember to contact our Prestige Dental Pasadena office to schedule a dental implant consultation or to obtain more information about dental implants. Dental implants are currently one of the best choices for replacing missing teeth, and also a great way to improve the stability of existing dentures!