Dr Sharan Naidoo achieves excellent results when placing dental implants – an ideal option for people who are missing teeth. Part of the reason for his success is the total treatment planning he does for his patients. He plans the entire treatment process from beginning to end, and the beginning portion starts before the procedure.

Why Pre-Op Instructions Shouldn’t Be Taken for Granted

While many people think about the surgical rehabilitation process, the fact of the matter is that pre-operative instructions are just as important for ensuring that patients recover correctly. By following pre-op instructions closely, patients lessen the severity and duration of side effects and also prevent complications from developing as they recover.

Refrain from Tobacco and Alcohol

Both tobacco and alcohol will halt your overall healing process. Because of this, it’s vital that patients abstain from smoking and drinking alcohol a few weeks before they undergo oral surgery. Abstinence should continue for a few weeks after surgery to ensure full and proper healing.

Maintain Good Oral Hygiene

In the lead up to oral surgery, patients should continue to brush and floss as they usually would to ensure their mouth is as healthy as possible. This keeps oral bacteria at bay and prevents possible infections and other complications from occurring during surgery and the recovery process.

Run Errands the Week Before Oral Surgery

To ensure that you can relax and focus on healing, it’s a good idea to take care of any errands you may have ahead of time. We suggest the following in the days leading up to your surgery:

  • Pick up prescription medications
  • Purchase soft foods or food supplements for the early days of healing
  • Purchase any dental products recommended by the oral surgeon
  • Clean up around the home
  • Do laundry and dry cleaning

Avoid Medication That Thins Blood a Week Before Surgery

Blood thinners can make healing from surgery very problematic. Be sure to stop taking blood thinners as well as other over-the-counter medications that affect blood clotting (such as aspirin) at least a week before your surgery. Dr Naidoo will provide a full list of medications and supplements to avoid.

Arrange for Someone to Drive You Home

Patients will be under general anaesthetic during the surgery, and will not be in a fit state to operate a vehicle or even travel without help afterwards. A loved one should be available to escort the patient to the surgical centre and back.

Also, having a loved one present with you in the first days after surgery can be helpful for support. Make sure this is taken care of as well.

The Day Before Oral Surgery

Patients should get a good night’s sleep the day before surgery and do their best to be as comfortable for the procedure as possible. Depending on the time of the surgery, patients may be asked to fast. This will be discussed during the consultation.

The Morning of Your Oral Surgery

Before your oral surgery, be sure to brush and floss and make sure that your teeth are clean. Wear baggy, comfortable clothing, and be sure to avoid wearing jewellery, makeup, and perfume. Ideally, you want to be as comfortable as possible before your procedure.