Young Male With Glasses SmilingDental implants are an amazing and life-changing tooth replacement option for Virginia Beach men and women, and they provide a fully functional set of aesthetically pleasing teeth. Those who have decided to move forward with this procedure should know how to be well-prepared for surgery, which is why we’ve put together this helpful list.

1. Prepare for Your Dental Implant Procedure by Stocking up on the Right Foods

One of the best ways to prepare before you have your dental implants placed is to visit your local Virginia Beach grocery store to stock up on soft foods. As you’re healing from your surgery, it’s important that you eat only soft foods for several days in order to allow the dental implants to fuse to your jawbone. Consider purchasing some of the following foods prior to your surgery:

  • Eggs
  • Yogurt
  • Oatmeal
  • Pudding
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Cottage cheese
  • Ice cream

Be sure you don’t eat foods that are hard or crunchy until our doctors clear you to resume your normal diet. Foods such as popcorn, chips, or hard candy should be not be eaten. These foods can injure your gums or cause discomfort at your surgical sites.

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2. Prepare for Your Dental Implant Procedure by Asking for Help from Local Friends and Family

Before you schedule your appointment to have your dental implants placed, our doctors recommend that Virginia Beach patients reach out to friends and family for help post-surgery.

Many patients receive IV sedation during the placement of their dental implants; therefore, they will be unable to drive themselves home after surgery is complete. Be sure to ask someone to bring you to your appointment, stay in our waiting room during your appointment, and be available to take you home when your surgery is over.

Many people in Virginia Beach who receive dental implants also find that they need help around the house after their procedure. This isn’t because you will have major restrictions, but because you may not feel like cooking or cleaning for a day or two.

3. Follow the Pre-Op Instructions Provided by Our Doctors

Before our doctors place your dental implants, you will need to follow the pre-op instructions they will provide you in the days before your surgery. These instructions will include things such as:

  • Do not eat or drink anything for the recommended amount of time prior to your appointment
  • Refrain from wearing makeup, jewelry, or contact lenses on the day of your dental implants placement
  • Talk to our doctors about whether or not you should take your daily oral medications on the day of your surgery

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Before you come in for surgery with one of our doctors to have dental implants placed, it’s important that you prepare.

Learn more about dental implants on our website. If you have any other questions regarding your surgery, or what you should do prior to your surgery date, please do not hesitate to call our office in Virginia Beach. A member of our friendly team will be happy to help!