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222 Chambless Ln Hamilton, GA 31811
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How to Prepare for Your First Dental Implant Placement

March 4th, 2021

Your dentist told you that you have a tooth that is so decayed that extraction is the only option. However, you don’t necessarily have to suffer through having a gap in your smile, thanks to dental implants. This incredible solution to tooth loss replaces not only the portion of the tooth visible above the gumline, but the root as well, making it look, feel, and function much more natural than other tooth replacement options. If you’ve decided to get a dental implant in Hamilton, it helps to know what to expect. That’s why a dentist has written this guide on how to prepare for your dental implant placement.

The Consultation

Before undergoing any kind of major dental procedure like getting dental implants, you’ll have to go through an evaluation from your dentist in Hamilton. They will thoroughly examine your mouth, and that includes taking x-rays. This will determine whether you need preliminary procedures before your implant placement, like a bone graft or a sinus lift. Your dentist will also talk to you about your general health and any risk factors for implant placement, like diabetes or smoking.

During this process, you might meet with various specialists, like an oral surgeon or a periodontist. These consultations are the perfect time to ask any questions you may have. Also, be sure to tell any doctor working on your case about any medications you’re taking. Whether they’re prescriptions, over-the-counter medication, or supplements, they can all affect your treatment, so it’s always best to let your doctors know about them.

The Big Day

It may be hard, but try to get plenty of sleep the night before your procedure. It will help your body be ready for the procedure and the recovery afterwards.

Depending on the type of sedation you’re receiving, you might be required to fast before your procedure. Also, make plans to have someone drive you to and from your appointment. If your dentist has prescribed any medication to take before your procedure, like antibiotics, be sure to take the recommended dose.

Since you won’t be able to eat solid foods for a few days following dental implant placement, it’s a good idea to have some soft foods prepared in advance so you won’t have to worry about after your procedure. Foods like pastas, soups, and smoothies are soft and easy to make ahead of time.

Finally, wear comfortable clothing to your appointment. If you’re undergoing IV sedation, wear a shirt with sleeves that can easily be rolled up. Follow these steps and your dental implant placement should be smooth sailing!

About the Author

Dr. Alan Arrington earned his dental degree from the Medical College of Georgia. In addition to his degree, he has undergone more than 150 hours of post-graduate training in bone grafting and dental implant placement and restoration. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Georgia Dental Association, and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. To learn more about whether dental implants are right for you, click here to visit Dr. Arrington’s website.

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FAQ

  • How often should I visit your office?

    We recommend patients visit our office two times each year for dental checkups.  These preventative visits arte the standard in care as set forth by the American Dental Association and this is typically frequent enough to prevent most oral health concerns and diagnose others in the earliest stages.
  • What is periodontal disease?

    Gum (periodontal) disease is a common oral health concern that occurs when plaque and tartar buildup irritates gum tissue and breaks down soft tissue and supportive jawbone structure leading to a number of oral health concerns.  We offer a variety of periodontal therapy options to renew oral health for patients suffering from gum disease.
  • Can I call you during dental emergencies?

    We are happy to help patients during dental emergencies.  Don’t heistate to contact us right away.  We provide same day appointments whenever possible and are happy to walk you through first aid and pain management over the phone.
  • Can I bring my kids to Hamilton Family Dentistry?

    Absolutely.  We’re happy to provide pediatric dental care for young patients and we offer a variety of treatments specifically geared toward patients with growing smiles.
  • I get nervous at the dentist. What can you do to help?

    In addition to treating each patient with the level of kindness and compassion they deserve, we also offer a variety of sedation dentistry solutions to help patients stay relaxed and pain free from the moment they arrive.
  • How will I know if I have a root canal infection?

    The doctor will need to examine your tooth to find out for sure, but contact us right away if you experience any of the following common warning signs of root canal infection:
    • Severe toothache
    • Sensitivity to changes in temperature
    • Discoloration of a single tooth
    • Infection in the gums around a tooth
  • Do you offer financing plans?

    We are happy to work with qualified patients to find low or no interest payment plans through two third party dentistry financiers, CareCredit and Lending Club.  Please ask us if you qualify for our financing options at your next appointment.
  • How often should I visit your office?
    image description
    We recommend patients visit our office two times each year for dental checkups.  These preventative visits arte the standard in care as set forth by the American Dental Association and this is typically frequent enough to prevent most oral health concerns and diagnose others in the earliest stages.
  • What is periodontal disease?
    image description
    Gum (periodontal) disease is a common oral health concern that occurs when plaque and tartar buildup irritates gum tissue and breaks down soft tissue and supportive jawbone structure leading to a number of oral health concerns.  We offer a variety of periodontal therapy options to renew oral health for patients suffering from gum disease.
  • Can I call you during dental emergencies?
    image description
    We are happy to help patients during dental emergencies.  Don’t heistate to contact us right away.  We provide same day appointments whenever possible and are happy to walk you through first aid and pain management over the phone.
  • Can I bring my kids to Hamilton Family Dentistry?
    image description
    Absolutely.  We’re happy to provide pediatric dental care for young patients and we offer a variety of treatments specifically geared toward patients with growing smiles.
  • I get nervous at the dentist. What can you do to help?
    image description
    In addition to treating each patient with the level of kindness and compassion they deserve, we also offer a variety of sedation dentistry solutions to help patients stay relaxed and pain free from the moment they arrive.
  • How will I know if I have a root canal infection?
    image description
    The doctor will need to examine your tooth to find out for sure, but contact us right away if you experience any of the following common warning signs of root canal infection:
    • Severe toothache
    • Sensitivity to changes in temperature
    • Discoloration of a single tooth
    • Infection in the gums around a tooth
  • Do you offer financing plans?
    image description
    We are happy to work with qualified patients to find low or no interest payment plans through two third party dentistry financiers, CareCredit and Lending Club.  Please ask us if you qualify for our financing options at your next appointment.