Archive for December, 2013
If you are having surgery for the placement of dental implants, it is vitally important to follow your oral surgeon’s specific instructions prior to your surgery. This will help to prevent complications and increase your chances for a successful outcome. Your oral surgeon may suggest that you do a few things to prepare for dental implants surgery including the following:
• remove all make-up and cleanse your entire face on the evening before and on the morning of your appointment
• wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing
• if prescriptions were printed for you at your pre-operative/consultation visit, then have them filled no later than 24 hours before your appointment and begin using them as directed
• notify your oral surgeon if you are not feeling well, as your procedure may need to be rescheduled
• refrain from smoking beginning at least 48-hours prior to your surgery
If you are going to receive intravenous/general anesthesia during your surgery, your oral surgeon will also give you further instructions that may include the following:
• empty your stomach by refraining to eat or drink after a certain time the night before your scheduled surgery
• secure a ride home from a responsible adult
Again, these are just general guidelines. Your oral surgeon may have more or different instructions for you to follow, depending on your particular medical history, family history and other circumstances. The important thing is to get and completely read and understand all of your oral surgeon’s pre-operative instructions prior to arriving for your procedure. This will give you an opportunity to get any questions answered, prior to the day of your surgery, thereby preventing delays
Posted on behalf of Dr. Wayne Suway, Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
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If you are wondering if dental implants are right for you, you are not alone. Everyday, many people all over the world consider this highly effective tooth replacement option. Dental implants have been around long enough for most of us to hear about their high success rate and natural appearance and function. In fact, most dental experts now consider dental implants to be the “gold standard” in tooth replacement. That is because they provide for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.
Dental implants offer significant advantages over other, less permanent tooth replacement options including bridges, partial dentures and full plates. Most patients are candidates for dental implants as there are few medical rule outs. Even patients with bone loss can be candidates for dental implants. However, if significant bone loss has occurred, bone or tissue grafting may be required before dental implants can be successfully placed.
For most individuals, the decision on whether or not to get dental implants comes down to cost. While it is true that dental implants cost significantly more than other tooth replacement options, the benefits far outweigh the extra cost for most people. In addition, many dental and oral surgery practices offer in-house and/or flexible payment plans to help with the cost of dental implants. Other individuals take advantage of funds in their Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) to cover the costs.
The decision about whether or not dental implants are right for you is an important decision and one that should not be taken lightly. Your dentist or oral surgeon is the best person to help you determine whether you are a candidate for dental implants and whether or not they are the best fit for your lifestyle and your budget. If you have questions about this life-changing tooth replacement option, talk to your dentist or oral surgeon today.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Mac Worley, Mountain View Oral Surgery and Dental Implants