One of the many benefits of All-on-4 dental implants is that the treatment is completed in such a short period of time – just a few hours. Of course, patients are concerned about the recovery period in addition to the amount of time they spend in the dental chair, and All-on-4 is appealing here, too. Patients often can resume much of their normal routine within a day or two of the procedure.
Of course, this depends on your definition of “normal routine.” If you work in a highly active job or play sports or exercise vigorously on a regular basis, you may need to take a few more days before resuming that type of activity so that it doesn’t interfere with your healing process. Your oral surgeon can give you more detailed guidance on what activities to pick back up at what time.
You should closely follow the post-operative instructions provided by your oral surgeon to minimize your risk of complications, which can make your recovery period longer. At the same time, it’s important to be aware of any signs of such complications, like fever or persistent bleeding, so that you can pursue any necessary follow-up care.
The use of painkillers can also influence your return to your normal routine. If you are taking prescription-strength painkillers, you should refrain from driving or operating heavy equipment until you are no longer taking those medications.
After the dental implants have been placed, you will be fitted with the prosthetic denture. This may be a temporary appliance, and if so, you may also need to make some dietary adjustments. When you receive your permanent appliance, which usually happens after the dental implants have been osseointegrated, you will be able to add nearly all of those foods back into your diet.
Many patients can resume most normal activities a day or two after their dental implants are placed for All-on-4. Check with your surgeon to see if there are any special considerations in your case. For more information or to schedule a tooth replacement consultation, contact our team at Northern Texas Facial & Oral Surgery today.