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Reasons for Procedure
- Difficulty chewing
- Problems with appearance, especially if your face appears sunken due to missing teeth
- Problems with remaining teeth—teeth may become tipped or crowded
- Infection at the implant site
- Adverse reaction to anesthesia—light-headedness, low blood pressure, and wheezing
- Injury or damage to nearby teeth
- Nerve damage
- Sinus problems if implants were placed in the upper jaw
- Implant is rejected by your body
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Having dental x-rays done
- Having models of your mouth made
- Talk to your dentist if you take any medicines, herbs, or supplements.
You may need to stop taking some medicines up to one week before the procedure, like:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
- Blood-thinning drugs
- Anti-platelet drugs
- Tell your dentist if you have any heart conditions or joint replacements. Your dentist may prescribe antibiotics before surgery to prevent infection.
Description of Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
- You will need to eat soft foods for a few days after the implant is placed. Your dentist will tell you which foods are safe to eat.
- You will need to have regular follow-up visits to monitor your implant, teeth, and gums to make sure they are healthy.
- Avoid habits that can damage your teeth, such as chewing ice, biting your fingernails, and grinding your teeth.
- Practice good oral hygiene habits. Brush your teeth twice each day and floss once each day. Visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and check-ups.
- Be sure to follow your dentist's instructions.
Call Your Dentist
American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry http://www.aacd.com
American Dental Association http://www.mouthhealthy.org
Canadian Academy for Esthetic Dentistry http://www.caed.ca
Canadian Dental Association http://www.cda-adc.ca
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