I’m in the process of saving up for dental implants, and it recently occurred to me that maybe I should be doing something to help prime myself for success. I spoke to my doctor about his success rate and he says he does at least 25 per year and has only had two fail the entire time, so I feel very good about that. However, if there’s more I can be doing, like taking specific vitamins, to make sure I do well during surgery and don’t have trouble with integration, I’d like to get started on my regimen now. For what it’s worth, I don’t have any health conditions (I’m healthy and am an avid runner) and my dental implant surgery will be 6-9 months from now.
It’s awesome that you’re being so proactive! People of average health usually come through with flying colors. You’re already healthy and it sounds like you’re probably not a smoker. Those are the two biggest concerns going into dental implant surgery.
In terms of boosting your health with vitamins beforehand, it’s important to note that taking supplements can only help if you have a deficiency in a specific vitamin or mineral. If you’re not deficient, taking extra won’t help and could potentially cause issues. That in mind, it may be worthwhile to visit a nutritionist or physician before you change anything up. However, research shows that a huge portion of the population is at risk for at least one vitamin deficiency.
Many supplements on the market today are not labeled correctly and can contain harmful ingredients. Furthermore, it’s easy to make missteps when prescribing your own vitamin regimen. For example, most people know vitamin E is associated with skin health, so some might take it prior to surgery. This is actually a bad idea because it can increase bleeding. In addition, people don’t “overdose” on vitamins when they get them from their food, but you can take too much of certain things in supplement form. Plus, our bodies leverage countless nutrients and we’re just now learning how they all work together to create optimal health. It’s always better to get nutrients from food rather than supplements for these reasons, and this is also why you should talk to a specialist before choosing to supplement.
While a myriad of nutrients come into play with bone and tissue health and healing, your doctor or nutritionist may recommend supplementing with one or more of the vitamins and minerals outlined below.
This blog is sponsored by Dr. Steve Sirin, a dental implant provider in Elgin, Illinois.