Although the All-on-4® dental procedure is far more convenient than conventional tooth restoration methods, patients must still take care to properly prepare for the surgery to ensure the best possible results. The following information is vital when undergoing the All-on-4 procedure and therefore should be kept in mind by anyone preparing for this innovative treatment option.
During your evaluation specialists will establish not only your oral health but your overall health as well. This is important for determining whether you are healthy enough to undergo the procedure, which can have an impact on any complications experienced once the surgery is complete. During the evaluation, you may be asked the following questions:
• What medications you are currently taking
• How frequently you brushed and flossed your teeth before tooth loss occurred
• If you are a smoker
• What sort of foods you regularly eat
Providing honest, open answers during the evaluation is crucial for giving surgeons an accurate picture of your current health. For some patients, certain lifestyle choices can negatively impact the surgery and diminish chances of success.
Preparing for Implants
The imaging process comes next. This involves taking a CT scan of your oral cavity, which is needed to establish just how much bone deterioration is present. Surgeons must also take an impression of your upper and lower dental arches to create the permanent set of teeth to be used with your new implants.
Just Before the Procedure
You may need to refrain from eating or drinking 24 hours prior to the day of the actual All-on-4 procedure, though this is usually up to the discretion of the surgeon based on your specific case. Talk to your surgeon about what you should know before having anesthesia and be prepared to have someone accompany you to the surgery in order to drive you home. This is to ensure that you can make your way home safely in case the effects of the anesthesia are still present.