All-on-4 are dentals implants that can replace an entire set of teeth with only 4 implants. This modern, simple design makes for a speedy recovery and a beautiful smile. It is also one of the most cost effective options to restore a smile to a healthy, attractive state. If you plan to have this surgery, knowing how to prepare for it is important.
Before All-On-4 Surgery
Before your surgery be sure to talk to your surgeon about how you can best prepare for the upcoming procedure. Your oral surgeon wants the procedure to be as successful and painless as possible so they will have specific instructions on what to do before entering the office on your surgery day.
Immediately Following All-On-4 Surgery
Immediately after your oral health surgery, your surgeon will have careful instructions for you to give your mouth the best chance at recovering fully and quickly. You can expect to:
- Avoid hard, solid foods. You will need to be one a liquid diet for a time period following the surgery in order to not irritate, damage, or injure your gums and implants.
- Use all of the prescribed medication or mouth rinses you receive from your surgeon.
- Gently brush the new teeth but be sure to avoid sore gums and incision points. Keeping regular oral hygiene practices in place will avoid future complications and infection.
- Regularly rinse your mouth after eating and throughout the day. A warm water and salt mixture typically does the trick and fights bacterial growth.
After your first procedure receiving the implants and prosthetic teeth, you will again visit your oral surgeon to have your permanent dentures implanted. This final surgery takes place typically months after your first visit to give your mouth time to heal from the implants. You again will need to keep your mouth consistently clean and follow all of your oral surgeon’s instructions.
All-On-4 surgery requires several visits with your oral surgeon and will carry a recovery time of a few months. Still, it is a simple, safe procedure that will give you a permanent, gorgeous smile that can last a lifetime. If you are interested in getting All-On-4, contact Shawn B. Davis at Oral & Facial Surgery Institute (435) 238-7083 to answer your questions and discuss your future!