How to Get Ready for Your Dental Implant Surgery

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If you’re gearing up for dental implant surgery, you’re far from alone. This dental procedure is incredibly common and growing even more so, with experts estimating that at least 5.7% of the population will opt for it by the year 2026.

Of course, as the day of your procedure approaches, it’s not unusual to start feeling anxious about your preparations. How can you make sure that your surgery is a success?

We’ve got you covered! Let’s take a look at a few of the most important things to take care of before the big day.

Ask Your Surgeon Plenty of Questions

During your comprehensive dental examination, you’ll have an opportunity to ask your surgeon about the step-by-step procedure, your treatment plan, your recovery timeline, and more. It helps to write down any questions you want to ask in advance, ensuring that you remember them!

At this time, you’ll want to ask about alternative products or dental materials for any allergies you have. You’ll also want to give your surgeon a list of any medications you’re taking.

This is also a good moment to ask about your options for sedation. While some patients opt for nitrous oxide sedation to feel at ease, deeper sedation tactics may be better for patients with anxiety or those who need extensive surgery.

Change a Few Key Habits

As with most implant dentistry procedures, you’ll need to change a few of your daily habits.

If you’re a smoker, you’ll need to be nicotine-free for at least six weeks before your surgery. Not only can smoking impact your body’s ability to heal, but it can also affect your reaction to sedation.

You should also stop drinking alcohol at least three days before your surgery, and you should stop drinking caffeine a week before your surgery.

In some cases, your surgeon may ask you to stop or alter your medication intake during a set time frame before your implant procedure. This may include things like aspirin and ibuprofen as well as certain vitamins such as fish oil or turmeric supplements.

Fill Any Prescriptions From Your Surgeon

Though patients often need to undergo a course of antibiotics after the procedure is complete, some patients will also need to take antibiotics before it. This is especially true of patients with diabetes, heart conditions, or weakened immune systems.

If you’re concerned about the possibility of infection, feel free to talk to your dentist about antibiotic pre-treatment during your consultation.

Clear Your Schedule

Though implants won’t keep you off your feet for long, it’s best to clear your schedule for the rest of the day after an implant surgery. In addition, while some patients return to work the following day, you may want to consider taking at least one day off of work.

If not, make sure to ease up on the number of activities you’ll be tackling, as you may not feel up to the task during your early recovery. In general, you may want to set a lighter schedule for around a week after your surgery.

Call for Backup

Whether or not you’ll be opting for heavy sedation, it’s important to have someone around to drive you home after your procedure. Contact a friend or family member for the job, and ask them to be on hand for at least 24 hours after your surgery if you’ll need to go out again.

If you have children, it’s best to make sure that someone else is around to take care of them for the first 24-48 hours after your procedure.

Stock Up on the Right Foods

Once you come home after your dental implant procedure, you probably won’t feel up to a grocery run! Instead, consider stocking up on the right foods in advance, allowing you to get some rest without worrying about finding foods that are gentle on your new implant.

You should always follow your surgeon’s specific recommendations regarding the best foods to eat. However, in general there are a few tried-and-tested foods worth grabbing.

In the first few days after your surgery, you’ll need to eat soft or liquid foods. This can include mashed potatoes, oatmeal, smoothies, nutritional drinks, yogurt, cold soup, ice cream, applesauce, and pudding. If you won’t have someone around to prepare your meals for you, consider grabbing ready-made or packaged products, as you may not feel up to cooking right away.

Once you’ve begun your dental implant recovery, you can upgrade your diet to soft foods that you can chew. This can include foods like pasta, soft bread, eggs, and even soft chicken, fish, or beef. Make sure to ask your dentist when to make this switch.

Get Enough Sleep

You’ll spend your surgery lying back in a chair, so it’s tempting to think that you don’t need to worry about getting enough sleep. However, most patients feel surprised by how tiring and even stressful the dental implant procedure can be!

Getting enough sleep can not only help ease any anxiety, but it can also ensure that your body is well-rested enough to have the energy it needs during your early recovery. Be sure to jump-start your natural healing response by going to bed on time.

Start Preparing for Your Dental Implant Surgery

If you’ve been struggling to upgrade the appearance of your teeth or your oral health in general, implants can truly feel like a game-changer. While it’s not unusual to feel anxious about your upcoming procedure, don’t forget that there’s plenty you can do to prepare for success from the start.

When you work with one of our expert oral surgeons, you’ll have the opportunity to ask them more specific questions about your preparations, procedure, or post-implant instructions. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any concerns as your surgery approaches!

Why People Get Dental Implants

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Most people will seek out dental implants when they need to replace a tooth or teeth that have been removed from their mouth in some manner. Dental implants include an artificial tooth that is affixed to a created root in the mouth. The need to replace a tooth may come about for many reasons. The most common reasons that people will seek out dental implants include:

A Tooth Loss Caused By an Accident

Sports injuries, falls, and vehicle accidents can all result in broken, damaged, or even detached teeth. An implant can help to restore the normal appearance of your mouth to the way it looked before the accident occurred.

A Tooth or Teeth That Are Significantly Decayed

When teeth are severely decayed, or the decay has gone deep into the tooth, the tooth may end up needing to be removed. In some cases, you can be given a root canal and crown, but in other situations, you will need to have the tooth removed and replaced. 

To Improve Their Smile

Some people, such as actors, models, or anyone concerned about the look of their smile may choose dental implants. Depending on the issues with your teeth and the desired look, teeth may need to be removed and replaced with implants to give you your desired results.

To Avoid Dentures

Some patients who would normally require dentures may opt for dental implants instead. Dental implants can be easier to care for and are a more permanent solution that is appealing to many. 

How Dental Implants Can Help

There are many ways that dental implants help to improve the aesthetics of your mouth as well as its health. Having dental implants to replace missing teeth can:

  • Prevent the loss of jawbone
  • Help you maintain your appearance
  • Allow you to speak more clearly
  • Prevent your teeth from shifting

What to Expect When You Have Dental Implants

To prepare for your dental implants, your dental surgeon will first create a plan. This will involve making sure the implants will fit properly and that rooting them will not cause any damage to existing nerves. This process will involve several x-rays. Once they know how they will proceed, they will next implant the metal rods that will hold the structure into your jawline. After seven to ten days, the area should be healed, and stitches will be able to be removed. 

It may take four to six months for the area to fully heal and be prepared for the next stage of surgery. During the second stage of the process, the protective screw on the implant will be removed and replaced with a metal cap. The final step in the process will come two to three weeks later when the bridge, crown, or denture is made and affixed to the implant. 

Even though dental implants can involve a lengthy process, the results are amazing, often transforming the patient’s smile to what it once was, or what they have dreamed it to become. 

Dental Implants Are Often Preferable for Restoring Missing Teeth

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Severe cavities and oral trauma can sometimes result in the total loss of a tooth. In some of these cases, the root of the tooth is simply too badly compromised to be viably treated by endodontic therapy. In many of these cases, [dr_type]s like Drs. Richard Shamo and AJ Stosich may advocate extracting whatever remains of the tooth before suturing the local gum tissues.

When you are ready they can help you understand the dental restorations offered at [practice_name]. In recent years more and more people have been opting for dental implants to replace a missing tooth.

This type of dental restoration starts with a minimally invasive oral surgery where we carefully install a titanium dental implant into the underlying bone tissues.

In time the titanium will gradually integrate with the bone tissues to create an anchor that replicates the original root of the tooth. When it’s ready we will prepare and abutment capable of anchoring a dental crown restoration.

The dental crown will need to be created in a dental lab. Once it has been cemented to the abutment it will complete the dental restoration process. This will allow you to enjoy the essential function of your previously missing tooth.

If you live in the [city], [state], area and you are missing a tooth, you should call [phone] to set up a consultation appointment at [practice_name].


Oral Health ABCs: Dental Implants

Dental Impants

With the upcoming holiday seasons set to fall upon us, it is important to take the time to ensure your smile is functioning at its maximum potential. If you are suffering from any missing teeth, your oral health can decline. One particular tooth replacement treatment that is highly effective at restoring your smile is via single-tooth dental implants.

Dental implants are artificial replacements designed to fill out your smile by taking the place of missing teeth. They can be customized and modified to fit exactly as necessary and can be shaded to mimic the natural color of your teeth. Other replacement treatments such as dentures may move around within your mouth if you bite into foods that are too or chewy, but dental implants run zero risks of tooth slippage. Thus, dental implants have zero food restrictions, so you can enjoy all the meals that you have come to know and love.

Individuals suffering from missing teeth are likely to notice negative impacts to their facial structure and gums as well. When you are missing teeth, your facial structure will appear older and more sunken in. Furthermore, missing teeth can cause your gums to destabilize, which can result in nearby or neighboring teeth moving or shifting out of position. Dental implants seek to reverse both of these ailments, making you look younger and healthier in the process.

If you are interested in single-tooth dental implants, please call Aspire Surgical so we can get you in as soon as possible. We have 7 convenient office locations. Have a fantastic day!

Make the Switch to Implant-Supported Dental Bridges

Dental Bridge

Similar to implant-supported dentures, implant-supported dental bridges are also a highly effective form of tooth replacement therapy. If you have up to 3 missing teeth in a row, implant-supported dental bridges are a highly recommended treatment we offer.

With traditional dental bridges, bridges are inserted into loose spaces in your mouth where teeth are missing. Dental bridges fill these voids and link to nearby and neighboring teeth. However, implant-supported bridges are attached directly to your jaw bone which not only provides an increased stability, but it removes the need to grind down or alter nearby our neighboring teeth for insertion. In addition, implant-supported bridges can last up to a lifetime of heavy use compared to roughly 5 to 7 years of traditional dental bridges. In many cases, implant-supported bridges will not require periodic replacements or restorations.

Our team of highly trained professionals uses state-of-the-art technology and cutting-edge treatment techniques to ensure your implant-supported bridges are crafted, customized, and installed safely, securely, and effectively for a lifetime of oral health happiness.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with Aspire Surgical to see if you are a candidate for implant-supported bridges, please call our team. With the help of Drs. Michelle Maak, Richard Shamo, and AJ Stosich, you can set the stage for the oral health care you desire.

The Benefits of Implant-Supported Dentures

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Although dentures are a highly effective form of tooth replacement treatment, in some situations, they may be hindering the ability for your mouth to function properly. Issues with impaired chewing, speaking, and eating skills may arise if your dentures are not stable. To combat this problem, [practice_name] would like to offer you implant-supported dentures.

Implant-supported dentures are highly effective for replacing multiple missing teeth.  Our team of oral and facial surgeons is highly skilled at placing implant-supported dentures to prevent issues that may arise with traditional dentures, including issues where they become loose or slide out of position. With the help of our team of highly skilled professionals, we can offer you a cost-effective solution to improve your quality of life in regard to your oral health and functions thereof.

In order to place implant-supported dentures, the implants must first be placed. If your jaw is not strong enough for implants, bone grafting procedures may be necessary. Typically, 4 to 6 dental implants are required per denture. Once the implants are in place, dentures can be attached to the top of the implants. With implant-supported dentures, we can assure you that your smile will drastically improve for a lifetime of satisfaction.

If you are looking to restore your smile with implant-supported dentures, or enhance your smile further, contact our team at Aspire Surgical. We can be reached by  phone to book a reservation to see us at our office in the Salt Lake area and Heber. Our doctors are here to help you make the most of your oral health.

Get Rejuvenated Skin with a Chemical Peel

Face peel for smooth skin

Minor skin defects such as skin pigmentation, small scars, fine lines, freckles, spots, rough skin, or acne can be rejuvenated with a chemical peel. [practice_name] strives to provide the best skin care and look to give you the self-esteem to live your life with smooth skin free of alterations or blemishes.

Dr. [doctor_name] and our professional staff here in [city], [state], can apply a chemical peel to give you this fresh look. Our cosmetic surgeons apply this quick and simple treatment to remove old skin to be replaced by fresh skin. Not everyone may be a good candidate. This includes if you have recently had acne treatments or if you have abnormal skin scarring, irregular pigmentation, or warts. Alternative treatments will be considered if this is the case.

Each potential risk and factors will be professionally addressed beforehand. When coming in for a chemical peel, our professionals will prep you by washing and cleaning your skin. One or more chemical solutions are then applied, and you are closely monitored as the old skin peels off. A slight burning or stinging sensation may occur during treatment.

If you live in the area and you want to get revitalized skin, call [phone] to set up a consultation appointment at Aspire Surgical today!

Welcome to Our New Blog!

Aspire Surgical Doctors

Here at [practice_name], we endeavor to use our new blog as a regular means for publishing valuable content for our community through monthly blog posts. Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, we’re able to further explore some of the most important topics pertaining to our industry and area of expertise here on our website through these articles.

Each profession tends to be its own little niche, which is a good thing because it creates a unique space for our services and a place for you to learn and implement helpful ideas that can benefit you and the people you care about.

We’re excited to share this ongoing knowledge base of blog articles with this online community. These blogs provide timely and relevant information that’s conveniently accessible online. Indeed, we hope that this community will use the valuable information found in our regular blog posts, because they are an effective way for us to reach out to you on a monthly basis, while you still enjoy the comforts of your own home.

If you have any questions or want more information, we invite you to call our team at Aspire Surgical. We look forward to helping you in any way we can, and we thank you for the opportunity!


To all our patients and referring dental offices, please note we are taking all the important steps to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID -19)

In an effort to promote public safety we are implementing the following temporary measures:

  1. Please do not enter our offices if you have experienced ANY of the following in the last 14 days:
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath / difficulty breathing
    • Traveled to the following countries in the: China, Iran, Europe, including United Kingdom and Ireland, or South Korea
    • Have been in contact with anyone with active symptoms or anyone who has traveled to the regions listed above. 2.Patients undergoing surgery are asked to be accompanied by ONE adult only.
  2. In an effort to minimize contact between patients and their escorts, we are asking to have them wait in their cars and let us know when you have arrived by calling the office. We will then call you when we have the room ready so you can go straight back.

Our commitment to the safety and health of our patients is our top priority. 

We appreciate your understanding as we try our best to limit the spread of this disease.

Aspire Surgical