Men and women who have several severely damaged or missing teeth are great candidates for All-on-4 dental implants with SF Oral Surgery in San Francisco. Our doctors utilize this advanced tooth replacement option for many patients because it provides an entirely new set of teeth with a minimally invasive procedure. However, as with any type of surgery or procedure, your new teeth will take time to heal. To help you recover as quickly as possible while avoiding complications, our doctors have provided you with important aftercare tips for All-on-4 implants, so keep reading.
All-on-4 Patients Should Rest!
This is one of the most important aftercare tips for All-on-4 implant patients! Too often rest is overlooked when it comes to dental procedures, but neglecting rest can lead to an extended healing period or complications. San Francisco men and women should be sure to clear their schedules before going in for their procedure. This will ensure adequate rest time for several days after you receive your All-on-4 implants. If needed, call in the help of friends or family to provide meals, help around the house, or care for others who are typically in your care.
All-on-4 Implant Patients Should Follow Their Specific Post-Surgery Instructions
After our San Francisco doctors have placed your All-on-4 dental implants, you will be sore and a bit swollen. This is normal. To help you during your recovery, our doctors will send you home with specific post-surgery instructions, which you should follow to a “T” to ensure your recovery goes smoothly, and you stay healthy. Our doctors typically recommend patients sleep with their heads elevated for the first few days post-surgery to avoid excessive swelling. You can also apply ice packs to your outer jaw several times a day in 15-minute increments to help with swelling and soreness. Additionally, you should take your medicine as directed – whether it is over the counter or prescription pain medication.
All-on-4 Implant Patients Should Maintain Proper Oral Hygiene
After you receive your All-on-4 implants, it’s vital that you maintain proper oral hygiene. In the days following your surgery, our doctors will require you to avoid brushing, and instead only rinse with a medicated mouthwash. Once they have given you the okay, you will need to use the same oral hygiene as you would with natural teeth. This means brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, using an antibacterial mouthwash once a day, and keeping your biannual checkups with your general dentist in San Francisco.
All-on-4 Implant Patients Should Maintain a Strict Diet
And finally, our doctors recommend their San Francisco All-on-4 patients be careful about what they eat in the first few days following their procedure. To avoid pain or complications, patients should stay away from hot foods or liquids, and hard and chewy foods. Instead, eat soft foods for several days after your procedure, such as:
- Protein shakes
- Mashed potatoes
Make an Appointment With SF Oral Surgery to Learn More
If you’re considering an All-on-4 implant procedure, call our San Francisco office today to schedule your initial consultation. You can reach our team by calling (415) 776-6710.