Congratulations! You are about to take the first step towards improving the appearance and function of your teeth.
We will make every attempt to make your experience as comfortable and pleasant as possible. We will go over the following instructions with you to help clarify any concerns that you may have or give us a call at (403) 283-7829.
This time has been reserved for you. No other patient will be seen during this appointment. If for any reason you are unable to keep the appointment, please advise us immediately. As a courtesy to our other patients, we need at least 48 hours’ notice.
Medicines: We may prescribe some medicines as these will include an antibiotic to prevent infection, an anti-inflammatory to control swelling, an analgesic to control pain and a prescription mouthwash to promote healing Please ensure that you have your prescription filled. If you do not have your prescription, please contact our office at (403) 283-7829, so we can phone in your prescription. Start all prescribed medication as indicated. Continue taking all medications until they are used up. Analgesics, given for pain control may be stopped when you feel comfortable.
Implant(s) Placement Procedure: The procedure usually takes approximately one to two hours depending on the number of implants and the complexity of the surgery. It is performed under local anesthetic in our office. Generally, the placement of an implant is equivalent to having a tooth extracted. Once the freezing is in place, you should feel no pain.
Healing: A healthy diet includes a sufficient amount of necessary items for proper healing. During the healing period, we recommend that you supplement your diet with fresh fruit and vegetables and multi-vitamins.
Anxiety: Anxiety is normal before any form of surgery. With analgesic or oral sedation (Ativan) beforehand, this anxiety will be reduced. If you feel you would like something stronger, please advise us.
Escort: You should be able to leave the office unescorted. However, when you are taking analgesics, having sedation, or are elderly, we insist that you have an escort to take you home afterward.
Work: As in any surgery there are stress factors. As a result, we do recommend that you do not return to work the day of surgery. Depending on the number of implants placed and how your body deals with surgery, you should be able to return to work the next day.
Driving: Other than the stronger analgesics, neither the medicines nor the procedure should prevent you from driving an automobile afterward. However, we do recommend that you have someone available to drive you home. If you have had sedation, we insist that you do not drive and that a responsible person takes you home.
Dentures: In most cases, you will be able to wear your dentures after surgery. However, we recommend that you do not do so unless absolutely necessary until your follow-up appointment when the sutures are removed, and the area is inspected. As you know, each individual responds differently, and this judgment will be made on a case-by-case basis.
Follow-up: You will be contacted the day following surgery to assure that you are comfortable and address any questions or concerns you may have. A follow-up appointment is to be scheduled one week after surgery to evaluate the healing of the tissues. The implant must be allowed to heal undisturbed until the doctor deems it is possible to “load” them with the superstructure.
If you have any questions about your upcoming dental appointment, please do not hesitate to contact us!