When missing an entire arch of teeth, you may learn that you are ineligible for traditional dental implants. The most common reason is a lack of jawbone density that is necessary to support new teeth. However, with All-On-4® dental implants, you can rebuild your smile without undergoing additional preliminary procedures (i.e., bone grafting). Find out what you can expect when preparing for the recovery process.
What Will All-On-4® Recovery Be Like?
The first thing to remember is that All-On-4® requires oral surgery. It is necessary for your periodontist in Worcester to make incisions in your gums and place each implant post into the jawbone at the correct angle. This will ensure that the bone and implants fuse properly and establish a firm foundation for your new denture. It is natural for there to be some swelling and discomfort once the anesthesia wears off, so do not be alarmed.
When it comes to healing, you’ll be pleased to learn that it is much quicker than receiving regular dentures, and the reason is that you begin to recover immediately following your procedure. And because All-On-4® is different from traditional dental implants because they require fewer posts, you can expect a quicker return to “normalcy” after just a few days.
Of course, each patient is different, so you need to pay close attention to your body so that you don’t overexert yourself too soon.
What Kind of Diet is Expected?
Yes, you will need to stick to a soft food diet in the following few months. Once you receive your finalized denture, you can then begin to eat denser foods, as these prosthetics are designed to withstand wear and tear.
Are There Things to Avoid?
Yes, you should adhere to the instructions provided by your periodontist regarding what you should and should not do immediately following your procedure. These include:
- Not smoking or using tobacco products, as this practice will only prolong the healing process.
- Avoiding vigorous swishing and rinsing, as this can irritate soft oral tissues.
- Not touching or prodding the surgical sites.
- Maintaining good oral hygiene by brushing, but you’ll need to be careful to avoid the implants.
- Using a mild saltwater rinse to help with healing and avoid bacterial accumulation.
Choosing All-On-4® is a great way to regain your smile. All you need to do is make sure that you stick to the guidelines and instructions provided to you to ensure a successful recovery and a long-lasting, beautiful, healthy smile.
About the Practice
At Handsman & Haddad Periodontics, P.C., we are specialists in periodontal care. Not only can Dr. David Handsman and Dr. Todd Jenny recommend viable treatment options to replace missing teeth, but they can give you back your appearance and confidence with the help of All-On-4®. Using advanced technology and equipment, they can produce life-changing outcomes that will leave you with a fully functional smile. Contact us at (508) 753-5444 to request an appointment if you are suffering from tooth loss and want to learn more.