A dental implant is ideal for restoring a smile following tooth loss, as it is the only option currently available for tooth replacement that helps to prevent bone loss in the jaw. That being said, it is a surgical procedure, which means you will need to have a consultation prior to the procedure and follow specific pre-operative instructions.
In most cases, the dentists at Fioritto Family dental can complete the implant procedure with local anesthetic, but if you suffer from dental anxiety or other concerns, sedation dentistry is also available. Either way, there are a few things you’ll need to do prior to a dental implant procedure.
To ensure a successful implant procedure, you may be given a prescription for antibiotics. If this is the case, you’ll need to fill the prescription at least 24 hours prior to oral surgery. As a precaution, you may be instructed to begin your course of antibiotics before you receive the implant.
If you are currently taking other medications, you should be able to continue taking the antibiotics but you’ll need to inform our dentists to ensure there aren’t any contraindications. As with all oral surgeries, it is recommended that smokers abstain from smoking for as long as possible before and after the procedure to maximize healing.
Patients receiving only local anesthesia will be able to eat and drink before surgery. You should clean your teeth thoroughly (brush, floss, and rinse) before your appointment to minimize the risk of infection.
If you develop a head or chest cold, flu, or other ailment in the days leading up to your appointment, contact us immediately to determine if rescheduling is necessary. You’ll also need to notify our dentists if you suspect you are pregnant, as certain antibiotics and other medications may not be safe.
On the day of your appointment, wear loose, comfortable clothing, including a shirt with an open neck and sleeves that can be rolled above the elbow. Do not wear makeup or nail polish and make sure to remove contact lenses.
Additional Preparation for Sedation Dentistry
If you request sedation dentistry, either oral or intravenous, there are a few more things you need to do before your appointment. First, you’ll need to fill any prescriptions we write in advance. If you are taking oral sedation, do not take it beforehand. Our dentists will administer it in-office prior to your procedure.
You may not eat or drink anything for six hours prior to your appointment. Small sips of water may be taken as needed if you are required to take medication.
If you elect to undergo oral or IV sedation, you must have a responsible adult drive you to the office, wait in the office during treatment, and drive you home. Sedation can impact your reflexes and your judgment for up to 24 hours following your procedure, and may impair your ability to operate power tools, machinery, and vehicles.
To learn more about the dental implant procedure and to schedule an appointment, contact the highly trained dentists at Fioritto Family Dental today at 440-951-5511.