Dental Implants Pre-Surgical Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions – Pre-Surgical

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  • Will antibiotics be prescribed prior to surgery? What kind? For how long?
    Most oral surgeons do not prescribe preoperative antibiotics, however antibiotics given at the time of surgery via IV may be indicated. We will commonly use antibiotics such as clindamycin and amoxicillin that kill bacteria found in the mouth known as oral flora (an oral bacterium). The specific drug used will depend on the operation and the allergy profile of the patient. A short post-operative course of antibiotics is almost always prescribed.
  • Are there any medications and/or vitamins that need to be avoided? If so, for how long?
    Prior to surgery you will discuss your medications with your surgeon. Aspirin, and other types of blood thinners such as Coumadin, should be stopped a week before the operation as it can increase bleeding. Most other medications should be continued. Again, it is very important to discuss these and other medications with both your primary care doctor and your oral surgeon before the implant procedure.
  • Are there food and drink restrictions prior to surgery?
    Food and drinks restrictions prior to surgery only apply if the patient is being sedated. In this case, the patient should not consume anything, including water, 6-8 hours prior to the procedure.