Preparing for your Dental Implant Procedure

Preparing for your Dental Implant Procedure

Advice from our Ipswich dentist on how to be best prepared for your new implants.

You may have read a number of articles explaining how dental implants are placed and how best to take care of them afterwards.

Many of these don’t mention how you can benefit by preparing to have the procedure in the first place though, so we thought that we would take a look at some of the advice that we currently offer our Ipswich dental patients.

Smoking

The fact that smoking is ill advised for a period following the implant placement is now relatively well established. It is, however, also important that the patient stops smoking for a period before the procedure as well, in order to create the best conditions for the implant placement. There are a number of reasons for this which are essentially the same as following the procedure.

Predominantly, by smoking, the risk of infection is increased, leading to an increased presence of bacteria that can lead to both gum disease and bone problems in the jaw. This is likely to lead to a less secure placement of the new dental implant.

As well as infections, healing capabilities are reduced as smoking causes the blood flow to become reduced in the area of the procedure. Although this factor is more of a concern following the procedure, effects lingering from your smoking habit may carry over into the post implant period.

Drinking

The above advice also applies to alcohol when taken in significant quantities. The dry mouth commonly caused by alcohol consumption can also lead to an increased number of bacteria that can affect the gums and bone. Whilst the odd glass of wine may not be harmful, we would suggest, when due to have a dental implant placed at the Foxhall Dental Practice, that you refrain from alcohol altogether for a few days preceding the procedure.

General advice

Whilst there is no need to go overboard and train to run for a marathon, increasing your exercise levels, even by walking, for example, will improve the blood flow and allow it to reach the area of the implant more effectively, thereby aiding in the healing process. A good diet too will help to provide the vitamins and minerals needed for good health.

For those of you who are anxious, in any way, about the forthcoming procedure, please talk to us so that we can help to address any concerns that you may have and help to put you at ease to make the procedure as comfortable as we can.

For further dental implant information, please call the Foxhall Dental Practice on 01473 258396.