7 Tips for Optimal All-on-4 Surgery Recovery


If you’ve suffered from tooth loss in the past, you know just how difficult it can be to complete daily tasks, like chewing your food, speaking clearly, and smiling with confidence. Fortunately, there are a variety of tooth replacement options out there to help. All-on-4 dental implants are a cost-effective, long-lasting solution for patients who are missing most or all of their teeth. Here’s what you can expect the recovery process to look like.

How Long Does All-on-4 Recovery Take?

For traditional dental implants, osseointegration can take several months or even longer. With All-on-4, the osseointegration process is much quicker, though the exact amount of time the process takes can vary from patient to patient. During your consultation with your dentist, you can discuss your individual needs and a more detailed timeline of what you can expect.

How Much Time Should You Take Off Work?

Most patients only need to take one or two days off work to get dental implants. If your job is physically demanding, you may want to take three or four, as heavy exercise can divert blood from the implant site and delay healing. However, every case is different. During your consultation, your dentist can give you a specific recommendation to meet your unique needs.

7 Tips for All-on-4 Recovery

For optimal healing, you should implement the following steps:

  • Avoid rinsing with water the first day. If minimal bleeding is occurring the following day, use a saltwater rinse.
  • Keep your tongue and fingers away from tender areas, as this can help to prevent irritation.
  • You should continue brushing but be gentle and always use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Don’t smoke for at least two weeks before and two to three months after the procedure. This will significantly reduce your chances of experiencing a dental implant failure.
  • Stick to softer foods, like eggs, smoothies, mashed potatoes, yogurt, and oatmeal. Don’t use a straw.
  • Get plenty of rest so your jawbone and gum tissue have an easier time healing.
  • Attend your follow-up visits. This allows your dentist to monitor how you are recovering and offer additional suggestions.

All-on-4 dental implants can be life-changing for patients missing most or all of their teeth, but they do require some patience during the recovery period. By using the steps listed above, you will be showing off a complete smile again in no time!

About the Author

Dr. Breanne Anderson earned her dental degree from the University of Connecticut as part of the Professional Scholars Program, and she is committed to continuing education to keep her knowledge and skills sharp. She regularly studies specialty prosthodontic services like dental implants, sinus lift surgery, dentures, and much more. For more information on All-on-4 dental implants or to schedule an appointment at her dental office in Estero, visit her website or call (239) 300-2767.