While the end result of All-on-4® implants is a beautiful smile, it’s important for Gilbert dental patients to remember that getting them is actually a pretty involved oral surgery. You’re going to have 4 titanium rods inserted into your jaw for each arch of teeth that are being replaced. And if you have remaining natural teeth, you’ll need those surgically extracted before the implants can be placed.
As such, it’s important for Gilbert All-on-4® dental implants patients to follow special aftercare instructions after their surgery. Here are the top things you need to keep in mind as you are recovering from your procedure.
Immediately After Surgery
Gilbert All-on-4® dental implants patients should expect bleeding to occur and last several hours following their surgery, both at the sites where the implants were placed, as well as any location where natural teeth were extracted. To minimize this experience, lay down in a semi-reclined position, and place gentle pressure on your cheeks, jaws, and chin with cool ice packs.
Most importantly, there are certain activities you should avoid so that you don’t inadvertently dislodge the blood clots that are forming over your surgical sites. These include spitting, sucking through a straw, strenuous activity, and smoking or vaping for at least 24-48 hours. You also shouldn’t rinse or brush your teeth on surgery day.
Days 2 and 3 After Surgery
As Gilbert dental patients begin to heal from their All-on-4® dental implants surgery, they can resume certain activities. On days 2 and 3 after your surgery, you can gently brush your mouth (being extremely soft and careful around your surgical sites), as well as rinse your mouth out. Just remember, you should never brush your gums, surgical site, or exposed membrane.
By day 4 after surgery, you can continue these processes, but with a little more rigor.
Things to Avoid as You Are Healing
Gilbert dental patients who opt for All-on-4® dental implants surgery are going to be given certain restrictions. These include:
- Refraining from smoking, vaping, and drinking alcohol for at least the first 48 hours after your procedure
- Eating only a soft foods diet for the first few days after surgery, and avoiding straws and any carbonated beverages
- Using back up contraception for the entire month of your surgery if you are female and take birth control pills, as Dr. Mansoor will likely prescribe you antibiotics after your surgery to fight off any potential infection, which can make birth control pills ineffective for your entire cycle
Staying As Comfortable As Possible
The following tips will help you stay as comfortable as possible in the first few days following your procedure:
- Taking your pain medication exactly as prescribed, even if it means waking up in the middle of the night so that you don’t miss a dose
- Icing your face to reduce swelling and bruising
- Refraining from picking, scratching or touching with your tongue any sharp areas you may feel at your surgical site
Speak with Dr. Mansoor to Learn More About the Immediate Aftercare Process
If you have any additional questions about how to care for yourself after having an entire arch or mouthful of teeth replaced with dental implants, ask Dr. Mansoor.
To reach her practice, Smiles by Hanna, call (480) 279-3700.