There are several important steps which must be taken when preparing for dental implant surgery in order to ensure you get the best possible results. At your initial consultation, Dr. Wilcox will discuss this process with you in great detail to make sure you understand what must be done prior to surgery.
The first thing Dr. Wilcox will do is perform a thorough dental examination to make sure you are an ideal dental implant candidate. This examination will evaluate:
- The bone density at the dental implant site
- The health of your gums
- The health of your bite
It is important that you have sufficient bone density in your jaw to accommodate the dental implant. If you lack the necessary bone structure, Dr. Wilcox may be able to perform a bone graft to address the issue.
If you have any health issues with your teeth and gums, they will need to be addressed prior to moving forward with your dental implant procedure. Dr. Wilcox will perform any periodontal treatment necessary to get gum disease under control. If there are any infections, abscesses, or other health issues in your neighboring teeth, they will be addressed at this time as well.
Dr. Wilcox uses state-of-the-art imaging technology to ensure your dental implants are placed with the highest levels of precision. Our 3D Cone Beam computerized dental imaging technology allows us to create a 3D digital map of your jaw which is used to construct an implant guide. Guided dental implants remove any potential guess work from your dental implant procedure, enabling Dr. Wilcox to place your implants quicker and with greater accuracy. This also improves your comfort throughout the procedure.
In addition to the preparations made by Dr. Wilcox and our staff, you will need to take certain steps to ensure your procedure and recovery go as smoothly as possible. These include:
- Quitting smoking for at least one month leading up to the placement of your dental implants
- Eliminating all alcohol consumption for a week prior to your procedure
- Avoiding eating and drinking for at least six hours before your procedure
- Arranging for a ride home after surgery and making sure someone will be around to assist you for the first few hours of your recovery
While you may be able to return to work right after dental implant surgery, Dr. Wilcox generally recommends you take a day or two off to rest and facilitate the recovery process.
Please contact Desert Smiles today to schedule your dental implant consultation. Dr. Donald Wilcox serves patients in Glendale, Arizona.