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Dental Implants: Medically-Related Questions


Each day our Patient Education Coordinators meet patients asking dental implant medically related questions; questions about how their overall health will affect the outcome, how medications will be influenced by implant procedures, and questions regarding the procedure itself. Our clinical team of highly trained implant specialists and support team members address all these concerns during each consultation with patients, which are published here. In addition to medically related questions, below you’ll find answers about insurance issues, pre-, post- and day-of-surgery procedures, and other related topics.

The following questions are typical; however each patient’s case should be fully discussed with their own medical doctor(s). In addition, all cases are individual and unique, therefore we here at The Implant Center at Dental Associates have an entire team dedicated to addressing your specific concerns, regardless how trivial they may seem to you.

 

Pre-Surgical

 

Should I avoid any medications and/or vitamins prior to surgery, and if so, for how long?
It’s important to discuss all of your medications and supplements with your surgeon prior to treatment. We will work with your physician to safely manage your medications.


Are there food and drink restrictions prior to surgery?
Only if the patient is being sedated. In this case, the patient must not consume anything, including water unless specifically instructed to do so for 6 - 8 hours prior to the procedure. Necessary medications may be taken with a sip of clear liquid prior to sedation.

 

 

Dental Implant Surgery

 

What anesthesia will be used and how will it be managed?
The patient and dental implant surgeon will discuss anesthesia options, and our staff will provide advanced care with minimal discomfort and anxiety.


Will vital signs be monitored?
Yes, the implant surgeon and surgical assistants will continuously monitor vital signs.

 

What is the estimated length of surgery?
Your implant consultant will review your treatment time in detail.


Is there much blood loss?
No. Blood loss from dental implant surgery is generally very minimal, even if you are taking anticoagulants (blood thinners).


How many implants has your team placed?
Our clinicians have placed thousands of implants, with an overall success rate greater than 97%.

 

Will antibiotics be prescribed following surgery?
We commonly use antibiotics such as amoxicillin or clindamycin. Post operative instructions about antibiotics will vary depending on the patient’s specific needs.

 


Dental Implant Surgery Recovery


How much time, if any, will I miss from work?
Depending on the extent of the procedure, type of sedation and what you do for work, you will need anywhere from a matter of hours to a few days to return.


Can I expect any facial bruising?
Ordinarily, bruising is not seen. Post-operative instructions will be given, including cold compresses to reduce swelling and inflammation.


When can I resume fluid intake and when can I start to eat soft food again?
Clear liquids can be started immediately. The patient’s diet will be determined based on the nature of the surgery.


When will my post-surgical follow-up appointment be?
We like to see our patients within 7-10 days following surgery. Our treatment and scheduling coordinators will discuss your post-operative and follow up visits and keep you informed of your appointments.

 


General Dental Implant Questions

 

What type of cleaning is required after an implant is placed?
Dental implants should be treated like your natural teeth, daily brushing and flossing is recommended. Our team of specialists and dental hygienists will review oral hygiene instructions with you and will recommend the most appropriate oral hygiene treatment plan to fit your needs.

 

Are there any additional costs/fees to expect?
All fees will be discussed prior to surgery during the consultation appointment.

 

 

More Questions? Join us at our Dental Implant Seminar.


More about Dental Implants:

Dental Implants Overview

Dental Implants Benefits