Smiles For Life

All-on-4 Implant Surgery Recovery Time

By Joe McIntyre, DDS on October 25, 2019

A woman at the dentist's officeIf you are missing all of your teeth, a full set of dentures is crucial. Removable dentures are sturdy, but thanks to All-on-4®, the people of Harrisonburg, VA now have a better option for false teeth. All-on-4 uses dental implants to anchor a denture securely in place.

The team at Smiles for Life would like to consider the recovery process for All-on-4 treatment. You can discuss other aspects of care in greater detail by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Joe McIntyre, Dr. Dan Whiting, Dr. Kelsey Rockey, or Dr. Bryant Ash.

Osseointegration and Dental Implants

In order for dental implants to be fully functional, it’s important that a process known as osseointegration occurs. This means that the dental implant and the jawbone fuse, allowing the implants to function as if they were natural tooth roots. Only once osseointegration has occurred can dental implants be fully able to withstand the pressures of biting and chewing.

How Long Is All-on-4 Recovery?

For traditional implant dentistry, osseointegration can take several months or longer. With All-on-4, the osseointegration process is much faster, though the exact amount of time required can vary to some degree.

During the consultation process at our center serving the Harrisonburg area, we can discuss your treatment timeline in greater detail. That said, the below recovery advice will prove helpful.

Will I Need to Take Time Off from Work?

Some patients may consider taking a day or two off from work in order to focus on recovery after the oral surgery. The nature of your job and the day of the week you undergo oral surgery may determine if you need to take time off.

Rest as a Part of All-on-4 Recovery

After getting All-on-4 placed, it’s important the patients focus on resting. This will help ensure the jawbone and gum tissue heals during the crucial early phase of recovery. Avoid strenuous physical activity until your dentist or oral surgeon advises otherwise.

Altering Your Diet for the Healing Process

After getting All-on-4 placed, it’s a good idea to alter your diet in order to reduce discomfort. We advise patients to eat liquids and soft foods that do not require a lot of chewing. This includes smoothies, mashed potatoes, yogurt, cottage cheese, oatmeal, and eggs.

Patients should avoid crunchy and crispy foods as well as any foods that produce small crumbs. Do not use drinking straws until advised otherwise since the suction can have a negative effect on incision sites.

Attending All-on-4 Follow-Up Visits

Over the course of the coming weeks and months, All-on-4 patients will return to the practice for a few follow-up visits. These will allow us to monitor how a patient is recovering and offer additional suggestions with regard to side effects and ongoing aftercare. Be sure to attend all of these visits as scheduled.

Learn More About All-on-Four

If you live in the Harrisonburg area and would like more information about All-on-4, be sure to contact a skilled cosmetic and restorative dentist. Smiles for Life can be reached in Bridgewater at (540) 208-5911 and in Staunton at (540) 887-3304.

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