Typically, it takes 3-6 months for your jawbone to fuse to dental implants, but who wants to wait that long to have a complete smile again? Whether you want to replace your missing teeth immediately or you don’t have enough bone for traditional implant dentures, All-On-4 may be the solution for you. You can get the beautiful smile you desire in just one day; however, you’re going to have a bit of a recovery ahead of you. Don’t worry, here’s what you need to know about the All-On-4 recovery process to adjust to your new smile.
Replace Missing Teeth in One Day
The American Academy of Implant Dentistry reports over 35 million Americans have lost all their teeth in one or both arches. If you’ve suffered significant tooth loss, you can regain the next best thing to your real teeth with an implant denture. Typically, 6 to 10 dental implants anchor the denture to your jawbone, which requires a multi-step process that can take several months.
All-On-4 allows you to skip the hassle. You’ll receive your denture the same day as your implant surgery. Only 4 implants are needed to stabilize your denture, which is perfect for patients who have lost bone density. You can skip bone grafting without compromising the success of your investment.
Stress-Free All-On-4 Recovery
You’ll likely need to take a day or two off work to relax after your oral surgery. It’s normal for your mouth to feel a little sore for a few days. You can manage it using any prescribed or OTC pain relievers. Don’t forget to take any recommended antibiotics to prevent an infection. You can also apply a cold compress to the outside of your face to number the area. This can also reduce swelling and bruising.
Although your mouth will be tender, you need to keep it clean. Don’t rinse your mouth with water on the first day, unless recommended by your dentist. You can use a salt and water solution the following day to ease any pain and swelling. You still need to brush and floss, but be careful not to harm the healing tissues.
Even though your teeth are replaced in one day, your jawbone will still need to heal to the dental implants. Osseointegration can take many months, which means you may not be able to withstand the pressure of biting and chewing until that happens. You can stay nourished and avoid discomfort by sticking to softer foods. As your mouth heals, you can resume your regular diet.
Get a Beautiful Smile Today
Don’t worry about a long, painful recovery. You can enjoy a stunning smile using a quick procedure. Invest in a nearly perfect replica of your natural smile with All-On-4 dental implants.
About Dr. Dale Greer
Dr. Greer earned his dental degree from the Baylor College of Dentistry. Named “One of the Best Dentists in Dallas” and voted a “Texas Super Dentist,” he has the qualifications you can trust for complex procedures, like dental implants. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation to replace your missing teeth.