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What to Expect After Oral Surgery

Just about any surgical procedure necessitates a recovery period, during which patients should follow certain instructions to ensure proper healing. For best results, candidates for the All-on-4 implant procedure should know just what to expect after oral surgery. Keep these guidelines in mind for a fast, fluid recovery.

The First Day

The incisions from your surgery will always be most sensitive in the first 24 hours, so take extra care to avoid unnecessary aggravation. Allow healing to begin properly by resisting the temptation to make contact with incisions, and remember to refrain from rinsing or spitting on the day of your procedure.

Eating and Drinking

Hydration is extra important following oral surgeries, so make sure to take in plenty of water (aim for about 64 ounces) throughout every day. On the actual day of your All-on-4 procedure, make sure any solid foods you eat are very soft and easy to chew. Your surgeon will advise you of a schedule for returning to normal eating habits.

Hygienic Needs

You should always strive for good oral hygiene, but it’s even more important following dental procedures. Rinse with Peridex solution twice each day and use a baby toothbrush to clean teeth carefully, making sure to avoid your incisions. Additionally, you should rinse with warm saltwater, at least, four or five times daily, particularly after eating. Mix one teaspoon of salt and one cup of water for the proper balance.

Manage Swelling

Swelling is normal following the All-on-4 dental implant procedure, and you can keep it to a minimum by applying an ice pack to the site for 15- to 20-minute intervals. In the absence of a medical cold pack, you can also use ice cubes inside of a plastic bag. Use a towel or washcloth if the cold is too much against your skin directly.

Common Side Effects

You might observe blood mixed with your saliva in the first day after oral surgery; this is normal. If you’re bleeding to the point where blood is filling your mouth, place gauze at the site and bite down for about 30 minutes. If the bleeding persists, please contact us for further assistance.

Please also limit any strenuous physical activity in the days following the implementation of All-on-4 implants. If exercise causes additional throbbing, discomfort or bleeding, halt the activity until further notice.