All-on-4 implants offer patients a great deal of convenience in restoring a complete smile. The entire procedure is completed in a day, and the patient is usually fitted with at least a temporary prosthetic at that same appointment.
Furthermore, the recovery time following the All-on-4 procedure is relatively short, as well. Most patients recover within 7-10 days, and many patients can resume routine activity within a matter of days.
Because the oral surgeon places only four dental implants in the jaw, the surgery is less extensive than if more implants had to be placed to secure the prosthetic. This reduces the necessary recovery period.
On the day of the procedure, you probably will need to adjust your diet by eating softer foods and alter your oral hygiene routine slightly. Your oral surgeon will give you specific instructions about how to deal with the implant site when it comes to brushing and flossing.
The oral surgeon will also give you guidance about incorporating regular foods back into your diet, slowly working your way back up to crunchy items like raw fruits and vegetables.
Use common sense, as well. Don’t plan any vigorous exercise for the day of your surgery, as such exercise could interfere with the healing process. If you smoke, you should also plan to give up your cigarettes, at least until you have finished healing after implant placement, if not forever.
Certain complications that can arise during any oral surgery, including dental implant placement, and when they occur, the patient may be in for a longer treatment timeline.
Be sure to discuss the signs and symptoms that could indicate post-operative complications with your oral surgeon as well. Issues like ongoing or excessive bleeding, fever or persistent swelling warrant follow-up with the surgeon to determine if an issue like an infection is present.
All-on-4 dental implants offers patients a way to fully restore a lifelike, functional smile with limited disruption to their daily routines. Talk to our oral surgeons to see if this treatment may be an option for you.