Dental Implants: Medically-Related Questions

If you’re considering dental implants, you probably have plenty of medically-related questions, including questions about how your 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 whatever concerns you may have during your dental implants consultation. You may read some of these questions and answers here. In addition to medically-related questions, below you’ll find answers about insurance issues, pre-operative, post-operative, and other related topics.

Be sure to fully discuss your specific case with your primary doctor as well as with our implant specialists.

Pre-Surgical Questions

Should I avoid any medications and/or vitamins prior to surgery? 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?
If you will be sedated for the procedure, do not consume anything (including water) unless specifically instructed to do so for six to eight hours prior. Necessary medications may be taken with a sip of water prior to sedation.

Dental Implant Surgery Questions

What anesthesia will be used and how will it be managed?
Our surgeon will discuss your 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 throughout the procedure.

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

Is there much blood loss?
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 98 percent.

Will antibiotics be prescribed following surgery?
We commonly prescribe antibiotics such as amoxicillin or clindamycin. Post-operative instructions about antibiotics will vary depending on the your specific needs.

Dental Implant Surgery Recovery 

How much time 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 few hours to a few days to return.

Can I expect any facial bruising?
Bruising is not common after a dental implant procedure. However, our specialists will give you post-operative instructions, including cold compresses to reduce swelling and inflammation.

When can I resume fluid intake and when can I start to eat soft food again?
After a dental implants procedure, you may drink clear liquids immediately. Our specialist will discuss your recommended diet based on the nature of your surgery.

When will my post-surgical follow-up appointment be?
We typically 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 just like natural teeth, so brush and floss them gently every day. 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. 

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