All-on-4 dental implant treatment is one of the most efficient and effective ways to reverse extensive tooth loss. However, it does involve a minor surgery, so you must be prepared to go through a healing period. What will you experience while you are recovering from All-on-4 surgery? Read this blog post to gain a basic overview of the post-op period.
What Happens Immediately after All-on-4 Surgery?
In all likelihood, you will be sedated during your procedure. Depending on the type of sedation used, you can expect to feel tired and groggy as the sedative medications leave your body. It will not be safe for you to drive for at least 12 – 24 hours, so you should have a trusted adult ready to provide you with transportation to and from your oral surgeon’s office.
Some swelling, discomfort, and intermittent bleeding are all normal during the first few days after the procedure. Be sure to get plenty of rest. If you have been prescribed any medications, such as painkillers, be sure to use them as directed. You might need to periodically apply an ice pack to your face to control swelling.
It is also important to keep in mind that even though you will have temporary teeth attached to your implants, you should not use them to chew right away. You should stick to a liquid diet for as long as your oral surgeon directs.
When Will You Feel Normal?
Most patients find that they are able to return to their usual routine within just a few days of their procedure. However, it may be 3 – 4 weeks before any lingering soreness and swelling disappear. The exact amount of time that it takes for you to bounce back will depend on your overall health and how well you comply with your surgeon’s post-op instructions. Be patient and do not push yourself to take on challenging tasks until you feel ready.
As you heal, you will be able to gradually add some fork-tender foods into your diet. Things like scrambled eggs, meatloaf, and soups are good choices. You should adhere to a thorough and gentle oral hygiene routine so you can minimize the risk that an infection will attack the tissue around your dental implants.
When Will You Get Your Permanent Teeth?
Once your dental implants have had time to form a strong bond with your jawbone, your temporary teeth will be replaced by a permanent All-on-4 denture. The bonding process, known as osseointegration, can take several months. During most of it, your mouth will feel completely normal. After your permanent teeth are in place, you will be able to start fully enjoying the benefits of your procedure.
Recovering from All-on-4 surgery takes a bit of time, but your patience will reward you with a strong, confident, and highly functional smile.
Meet the Practice
Dr. Sheng Ji is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon who is proud to provide All-on-4 dental implant services for the Carmichael community. If you have questions about what to expect during your tooth replacement journey, Dr. Ji and our team would be happy to speak with you. Get in touch with our office at 916-961-1902.