Preparing For Dental Implants: 10 Tips On Getting Ready For Your Surgery

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More and more people are choosing to have dental implants every year. With their numerous benefits, these artificial teeth offer a great alternative to dentures or bridges to address tooth loss due to decayed or damaged teeth.

Dental implants are a great way to restore your smile and improve oral health, as they serve as artificial tooth roots which can support artificial teeth. However, dental implant treatment requires surgery, and like any surgery, there are some things you must do to prepare for your implant procedure.

In this blog post, we will give you ten things you can do to get ready for surgery. By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to having a successful surgery and enjoying your beautiful smile!

Tips To Prepare For Dental Implant Surgery

Dental implant surgery is a major procedure. It is important to be as prepared as possible before undergoing surgery. Here are ten tips to help you prepare for dental implant surgery:

  1. Choose the right dental implant provider: Look for an experienced oral surgeon specialising in dental implants or an implant dentist. They will be able to provide you with quality implants that can restore your smile.
  2. Schedule a consultation: Once you’ve found a dental implant provider you’re comfortable with, schedule a consultation to discuss your goals and treatment. A dental implant consultation is a great opportunity to ask questions about the procedure.
  3. Get a dental check-up: Before having dental implants placed, it’s important to get a dental examination from your general dentist. It is important to address dental problems such as gum disease and tooth decay before implant treatment since good oral health is needed to achieve successful dental implant treatment.
  4. Quit smoking: If you smoke tobacco, now is the time to quit. Smoking increases the risk of complications after dental implant surgery and can jeopardise the success of the surgical procedure.
  5. Eat healthily: Eating a healthy diet helps promote healing after surgery and gives your body the nutrients it needs to support dental implants. Eat plenty of fruits, whole grains, and vegetables in the weeks leading up to your surgery.
  6. Get plenty of rest: Getting enough sleep is important for overall health, but it’s especially crucial before surgery. Get at least eight hours of sleep nightly in the week leading up to your dental implant procedure.
  7. Avoid alcohol: Alcohol consumption should be avoided in the days before surgery as it can interact with certain medications and increase bleeding during the procedure. Talk to your dental surgeon about their specific recommendations regarding alcohol consumption before dental implant surgery.
  8. Arrange for transportation: After having dental implants placed, you’ll need someone to drive you home from the surgical centre or hospital. Ask a family member or friend to take care of it ahead of time so you don’t have to worry about it on the day of your surgery.
  9. Take it easy: Recovery from dental implant surgery can take several weeks, so relaxing for a few weeks after your surgery is important. Avoid strenuous activity and give yourself time to rest and heal properly. Rest is crucial to recovery and healing times.
  10. Follow your surgeon’s instructions: Be sure to follow all of your oral surgeon’s instructions after having dental implants placed. This includes taking care of your mouth (brushing and flossing regularly), eating soft foods, and avoiding hard or chewy foods until your mouth has healed properly.

These simple tips will help promote a successful dental implant procedure and speedy recovery!

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How Are Dental Implants Placed?

The dental implant procedure is a multi-step process that can be completed over the course of several visits. Here’s a quick overview of the entire dental implant placement process.

Initial Consultation and Preparation

The dental implant process begins with an initial consultation with an oral surgeon. During this visit, the surgeon will conduct a dental exam and ask about your medical history and if you have any chronic health conditions that can affect your dental treatment. They will also ask about your treatment goals and discuss your treatment options. Dental implants are often recommended to replace one or more missing teeth.

If you decide to proceed with dental implants, the next step is to develop a treatment plan. This plan will include a list of dental problems you have and the sequence of procedures that will be performed to address these problems. Once the treatment plan is finalised, the next step is to prepare for dental surgery.

In some cases, additional procedures must be performed to prepare the jawbone for implant placement. This may involve tooth removal or bone grafting (for severe bone loss). In other cases, a sinus lift or gum graft may be necessary. These procedures are performed to allow proper placement of dental implants and to provide a strong foundation to support them.

Implant Installation

The dental surgeon will place titanium screws (or metal posts) into the patient’s jawbone during the implant installation stage. The screws are placed through an incision on the gum tissue, and they will serve as anchors for the dental implants. Implant installation is performed under local anesthesia, so the patient will not feel any pain during the procedure. Once the screws are in place, the oral surgeon will close the gum incisions with stitches.


The osseointegration stage happens during the healing stage after surgery. The wound is given time to heal, and the implant fuses with the bone to create a strong foundation for the implant. This process usually takes place over several months and is vital for the success of the dental implant.

During this period of healing, it is crucial that you follow your oral surgeon’s instructions on the care of dental implants. Doing so will help your implant integrate properly with the bone. Once osseointegration is complete, the dental implant is ready for the next step.

Abutment Placement

During the abutment placement stage of the dental implant procedure, your oral surgeon will place a small metal connector piece called an abutment. This stage generally takes place after the dental implant has healed and the surrounding bone has grown around it. The abutment will eventually serve as support and connector for your new dental crown.

The abutment placement stage is usually quick and easy. Your oral surgeon will numb the area around the dental implant before placing the abutment. You may feel pressure during this procedure, but you should not feel any pain. After abutment placement, your dentist will take an impression in preparation for prosthesis fabrication.

Dental Prosthesis Placement

Artificial tooth placement is the final stage of the dental implant process. During this stage, your dentist will attach the dental prosthesis to the implants placed in the jaw bone.

The prosthesis can be in the form of a dental crown, bridge, or denture. The type of dental prosthesis used will depend on the number of missing teeth and the location of the implants.

After the dental prosthesis has been attached, your dentist will make adjustments to make it fit comfortably and function properly. Finally, the surrounding area will be closed with stitches, allowing the wound to heal. In most cases, the entire dental implant process can be completed within a few months.

What Are The Benefits Of Dental Implants?

  • Dental implants are a stable, long-term solution for missing teeth. Dental implants provide long-lasting replacement teeth. They are securely anchored in the jawbone, unlike dentures or dental bridges, which can slip or come loose.
  • Dental implants help preserve and protect healthy teeth. Dental implants do not require trimming adjacent teeth, unlike dental bridges, which require neighbouring teeth to be altered to support the bridge.
  • Dental implants function and feel like real teeth. Dentures and dental bridges can sometimes make it difficult to speak or chew normally. On the other hand, dental implants are indistinguishable from natural teeth and allow patients to eat and speak confidently.
  • Dental implants are low maintenance. Unlike dentures, which need to be removed for soaking and cleaning, dental implants can be brushed and flossed just like natural teeth, helping prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care. They can last for many years with proper care and maintenance, making them a valuable investment in oral health.

Final Thoughts

While dental implants are a relatively safe and long-lasting way to replace missing teeth, there are some things that you can do to prepare for surgery. Doing so can help ensure a successful outcome. If you are considering dental implants, consult with a qualified dental professional.

Comfort Care Dental provides consultations for those interested in learning more about this treatment option. Our team of dentists can help you make an informed decision about whether or not dental implants are right for you.

We want to provide our patients with a positive dental experience and favourable treatment outcomes that will help them achieve their dream smile, so we take the time to educate them on all of their options. Visit our website or call us today to schedule your consultation!

Frequently Asked Questions

How much do dental implants cost?

The average cost of a dental implant procedure is $3,000-$6,000 per implant. Your oral surgeon will develop a treatment plan and give you an estimate of the cost. The final cost of the replacement tooth will depend on the number of dental implants, the complexity of the case, and the type of dental implant. Additional procedures, such as bone grafts, will add to the cost.

Do dental implants hurt?

Dental implant surgery is performed under local anesthesia. This means that the area around the implant will be numb, and patients will not feel any pain during the procedure. In some cases, patients can also choose to be sedated during the procedure to make them feel comfortable. 

After the implant surgery, patients will experience discomfort or soreness. This is normal, and your oral surgeon will prescribe pain medication to help manage any pain or discomfort.

What are the risks of dental implant surgery?

While dental implants are generally safe, there are some risks associated with the surgery. These risks include:

  • Infection
  • Damage to the nearby teeth
  • Nerve damage
  • Sinus problems
  • Allergic reactions
  • Implant failure

You should discuss the potential risks of dental implant surgery with your oral surgeon before undergoing the procedure.

What should you eat after implant surgery?

It’s important to stick to a soft food diet after dental implant surgery. The following are examples of food that a patient can eat:

  • Applesauce
  • Blended soups
  • Fish
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Pudding
  • Rice
  • Soft cheese
  • Yogurt
  • Jell-O
  • Cooked vegetables

It is important to avoid hard, sticky, and crunchy foods after dental implant surgery. These types of foods can damage the implants and cause them to fail.


Dr. Karthik Lakkaraju

For Dr Karthik, dentistry is the complete package. He most enjoys the feeling he gets when he sees a patient achieve a beautiful smile, or can put an end to pain and increase the quality of life. He believes oral health is a mirror of general health and reflects the person’s personality and confidence.

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