At Oral and Facial Surgeons of Arizona, our team of specialists provides our patients in the Phoenix area the All-on-4® procedure that can be performed in a single office visit. This technique delivers superior results in a short amount of time, with minimal discomfort. Now that you have made the decision to move forward with dental implants, you may be wondering how to prepare for the surgery.
We will explain the surgery in detail, develop a customized treatment plan, and respond to all of your questions. While every patient is unique, here is a general guideline of the steps that will prepare you for surgery:
- A comprehensive examination of your overall health will determine your eligibility. Oral health conditions such as periodontal disease, general health conditions such as diabetes, and lifestyle choices such as smoking can all cause complications and influence the success of the procedure.
- Your tooth roots keep your jawbone healthy and strong. A 3-D CT (CAT) scan is taken to create a remarkably detailed image for evaluating your bone quality and density. Innovative computer imagery assists in planning your surgery and ensuring precise positioning of the implants.
- Finally, detailed impression molds of your gum line are created, and photographs are taken to make sure that your restored smile looks genuine and artificial teeth bite together flawlessly.
Once these steps are in place, we will schedule your appointment to place your implants and new teeth to create a whole new look for you in just one day.
How You Can Prepare for Surgery
The most important phase of your treatment is ensuring you are in good oral health to help reduce recovery time and aid in long-term success. Ways that you can prepare for surgery include:
- Stop smoking. Smoking is considered high-risk for any surgery. As it relates to the All-on-4 procedure, it can cause infections in the teeth or gums and result in rejection of the dental implants.
- Medications. You need to inform us of your current medications. Certain medications affect the procedure or your body’s reactions. They may need to be changed or eliminated.
- Diet. In rare instances, we may ask you avoid foods that might affect coagulation, wound healing, or bone strength.
Always be sure to follow the recommendations provided by your oral surgery team.
Preparing for the All-on-4 procedure is a straightforward process with the instructions from the specialists at Oral and Facial Surgeons of Arizona.