In recent years, dental implants have become a popular alternative to dentures and bridges. With this advanced treatment, damaged or missing teeth are replaced with durable ceramic replicas for a smile that is both practical and esthetically pleasing. With the right care, implants can last a lifetime and resist factors that wear down natural teeth. If you are considering receiving implants, there are a few things you can do to better prepare for the process. Here are a few things you can do as you get ready.
Find a dentist you trust
It is essential that you find a professional that you feel comfortable with. When choosing a dentist, look for someone who has extensive experience with the implant process. Don’t hesitate to ask about credentials as well as examples of past work. You don’t have to rush in your decision. Get to know your prospective dentist by scheduling a cleaning, exam, or consultation. We want all of our Indiana patients to know they are in good hands when they come into a clinic, and we encourage them to have conversations with both our staff before the treatment takes place.
Determine what teeth you want replaced
When it comes to correcting your smile, you have several choices. Some individuals choose to replace one or two problematic teeth while others opt for a total transformation that involves removing all teeth and replacing them with implants. You can also choose to receive a large amount of implants over an extended period of time. Ultimately, the choice is up to you and should reflect your goals.
Take time off work, if needed
Depending on your job, you might want to take some time off to recover and get used to your implants. In some cases, an implant can be placed the same day that a natural tooth is removed. In other situations, patients will need to wait several days before the replacement is installed. If you are nervous about a smile that shows gaps or feel you would be better off recovering in the comfort of your own home versus at work, don’t forget to schedule sick leave or vacation time prior to your procedure.
Stock up on soft foods and meals
Eventually, your implants will be just like your natural teeth–and in some cases, they will serve you even better! Still, in the initial days following an implant procedure, you might be more comfortable eating soft or liquid foods. We recommend stocking up on these at home before your procedure takes place. You might also want to consider making some complete meals in advance to save time and energy as you heal up.
Ask your dentist any questions you have about the procedure
If you find yourself having any uncertainties about receiving implants, don’t hesitate to speak up! You should feel able to approach your dentist with questions. This procedure is routine but still complex, so it is important that you are comfortable with it before heading into the clinic. Remember to get information about what to expect during and after the procedure, including your medication schedule and any follow-up appointments.
Receiving dental implants can be exciting but also overwhelming. As you get ready for your new smile, preparation is key. If you have any questions about the process or want to learn more, don’t hesitate to reach out.
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