It can be difficult to complete daily tasks when you’ve suffered from tooth loss. Things like eating, speaking clearly, and smiling with confidence certainly become challenging. The good news is that there are a variety of tooth replacement options for patients with a wide array of needs. All-on-4 implants are a cost-effective, long-term solution for patients who are missing most of or all of their teeth. However, they do require a surgical procedure. Here’s what you can expect for the recovery process.
How Long Does All-on-4 Recovery Take?
For traditional dental implants, osseointegration can take several months or even longer. But with All-on-4, the osseointegration process is much faster, though the exact amount of time the process takes can vary from patient to patient. During your consultation with your dentist, you will be able to discuss your individual needs and a more detailed timeline that you can expect to unfold.
How Much Time Will You Need to Take Off Work?
Most patients only need to take one or two days off work to get dental implants. If your job is physically demanding, you may want to take three or four, as heavy exercise can divert blood from the implant site and delay healing. However, every case is different. During your consultation, your dentist will be able to give you a more specific recommendation to meet your unique needs.
7 Tips for the All-on-4 Recovery Process
To promote optimal healing and prevent complications, you should be implementing the following steps:
- Avoid rinsing with water the first day. If minimal bleeding is occurring the following day, use a saltwater rinse.
- Stay away from tender areas, as this can help to prevent irritation.
- You should continue brushing, but be gentle and use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Don’t smoke for at least two weeks before and two to three months after the procedure. This will significantly reduce your changes of experiencing a dental implant failure.
- Stick to softer foods, like eggs, smoothies, mashed potatoes, yogurt, and oatmeal. Don’t use a straw.
- Get plenty of rest so your jawbone and gum tissue have an easier time healing.
- Attend your follow-up visits. This allows your dentist to monitor how you are recovering and offer additional suggestions.
All-on-4 dental implants can be lifechanging, but getting them will require some patience. By using the steps listed above, you will be showing off your new and improved smile in no time!
About the Author
Dr. Ben Tindal earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Florida before continuing his education to obtain his master’s degree and certificate in prosthodontics. Currently, he is a proud member of the American College of Prosthodontics, Florida Prosthodontic Association, Academy of Osseointegration, and several other professional organizations. For more information on all-on-4 dental implants or to schedule a consultation at his office in Sarasota, visit his website or call (941) 225-2520.