Preparing for Tooth Reconstruction (and What to Do After the Procedure)
A complex dental procedure such as tooth reconstruction (often through dental implants) requires adequate preparation to ensure that there will be no complications while it’s being carried out. In addition to that, proper preparation gives patients peace of mind, so it’s imperative for them to know what to expect and what the requirements are for the smooth execution of the procedure.
Our trusted Chicago dentist, Dr Ramirez advises patients who’ll be having their tooth (or teeth) reconstructed to prepare the following before their appointment.
Transportation to the Dentist
This is a must if patients choose to be fully sedated for the procedure. They are in no way fit to drive themselves home. Also, there are times when the effect of the anesthesia or sedative lingers longer than expected; patients may have mobility issues and thus require the assistance of someone completely lucid.
What to eat before oral surgery
Determine what time the last meal should be before the procedure. For oral surgery, dentists recommend having the last meal eight to 12 hours before. However, for patients with diabetes, breakfast is still a must, as well as taking prescribed medication the night prior to the procedure and in the morning of appointment.
Post oral surgery pain relievers
People with sensitive teeth and gums are usually advised to take over-the-counter pain relievers as a preventive measure.
Now, just as preparing for tooth reconstruction is important, so is fulfilling post-tooth reconstruction requirements because this plays a huge role in the complete success of the procedure. Dentists recommend getting enough rest and being physically comfortable as much a possible. Avoid strenuous activities that may trigger bleeding.
For smokers, halt the habit until complete recovery, or kick the habit altogether, for improved oral and overall health. The sucking motion can damage the site of the treatment, so avoid drinking anything from a straw, too. In addition to the harmful sucking motion, smoking can also expose the treated area to bacteria and create stains on the reconstructed tooth.
Swelling and mild pain may be experienced after the treatment; deal with these by applying a cold pack to the area for 15 minutes at a time. And then after 24 hours, the mouth can be rinsed four times a day or after meals (meals for the first 48 hours after the procedure should consist of soft foods and liquids, like soups; stay away from anything crunchy or tough such as chips, popcorn, and jerky for the next two months) using salt water or a pH balanced mouthwash that doesn’t sting. Lastly, to prevent infection and expedite healing, take the dentist’s recommended antibiotics and medication.
The length of healing time after oral surgery is always different for different people, just be sure to follow all the instructions from the dentist for recovery. Often times, complete healing will come sooner than expected. If you live in the Halstead or Parkland IL area and are in need of oral surgery, gove Advent