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Getting implants is one of the easiest ways to replace lost teeth. There are several preparation steps that you will need to go through to get the final result. All of these steps are designed to help get you ready for the final procedure. Good preparation ensures that you heal properly once you have finished the surgery.
Dental Examination and Antibiotics
Your dentist will do a thorough examination of your teeth and gums before they attempt to install implants. If your immune system is compromised in any way, then your dentist will put you on antibiotics.
These antibiotics are designed to suppress problems that may occur with your immune system. Often your body may start rejecting the implant if something is not done to prevent it.
Often your jaw will need to be prepared as well. This jaw preparation helps to improve the overall structure of your jaw. A bone graft is often done if your dentist finds that your jaw is too thin to accept the implant. If your jaw is too thick and bulky, then your dentist will remove some of the bone from it to make it thinner so that it will accept the implants.
Once your dental implants have been placed in your jaw, it will be time for you to start healing from the procedure. It's always best to try and get some days off work. Your jaw will be very sore, and it is going to be very difficult for you to carry out your normal activities. It's best to stay home and get some rest.
Try to stock up on soft foods and canned soup as these are probably the only things you will be able to eat while you recover. Make sure you have pain medication at home as well. Over-the-counter pain relievers usually work very well.
For the first few days after surgery, you are going to need some help. Get someone to come in and assist you with childcare and the cooking of meals. You can also prepare meals ahead of getting your implants and freeze them. Finally, if you used to exercise regularly, then you will need to take a break as your jaw heals.
Prepare and Heal
Always take the necessary steps to ensure that you are taking care of yourself before and after the procedure. This is very important as it will affect how quickly you heal.
Contact your dentist for more information about dental implants.