All on 4 Aftercare
Have you just received the All on 4 treatment? The following information is essential. Maybe you’re toying with the idea of receiving All on 4 Implants? We’ll discuss the recovery timeline, All on 4 Aftercare, alongside the symptoms you may experience.
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All on 4 Dental Implant Aftercare Tips
There are a few best practices to follow (religiously), ensuring a bearable and timely recovery.
1. Don’t Brush Your Teeth
It seems counterintuitive to avoid brushing your teeth. But allowing ample time for the healing is essential; this involves restricting as much movement as possible. At Kew Dentistry, we give patients chlorhexidine mouth rinse to maintain oral hygiene for the three weeks Post-Op.
After your three week review, we will identify any concerns and actionable direction to follow. In most circumstances, patients may recommence brushing their teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush. At Kew Dentistry, we equip patients with a Waterpik. This masterful invention shoots high pressurised water jets, cleaning your teeth, gums, and in between the All on 4 Implants, removing any plaque and bacteria. It’s proven to be more effective than standard dental floss, interdental brushes, and air flossing.
2. Sleep Elevated
A slight elevation in your sleeping can increase blood flow and reduce any throbbing pains that persistently haunt us in the night after injury or surgery. You can do this by sleeping on two pillows, or if you just so happen to have an adjustable bed base, erecting your position to your ideal comfort is recommended. We suggest doing this at least 2-3 nights post-op.
3. Ice Packs
It’s important to remember that swelling, bruising, and reasonable amounts of pain are good; This is the body’s natural healing process. But there are certainly a few All on 4 Dental Implant recovery tips you can follow to make the natural healing process less… severe.
We recommend using an ice pack in 20-minute intervals for the first 48-72 hours. Never apply ice packs directly, always wrap it in a sleeve, or if you don’t have one, a makeshift tea towel sleeve always does the trick. Ice packs assist in reducing swelling and offering numbing pain relief to the affected area.
At Kew Dentistry, as an element to your post-operative care plan and package, we provide an ice pack and a bandage designed to sit around your head so you don’t have to exert energy lifting your arms every 20 minutes. This brings us to the next tip.
4. Don’t Exert Energy, Rest
When main contributors to effective All on 4 aftercare is rest. We recommend taking 2 weeks off work. Some might think this is excessive, but here is the truth in it. In the first week, the more you exert, the less you heal. Your body has to prioritise healing the areas affected by the All on 4 treatment. If your body has to heal sore muscles and wounds, it will take twice as long.
5. All on 4 Dental Implant Recovery Exercise
During the first week, rest, recover, watch Netflix, do a puzzle, read a book and avoid exercise at all costs. During the second week, controlled movement and gentle exercise are good. Get the blood flowing; this will help with the second week recovery period. As mentioned previously, during your third week, we’ll review the treatment and advise any further action if required.
A few dental implant recovery exercises you can adopt might be going for a walk around the block, basic yoga (no downward dog), and controlled stretches.
6 Side Effects and Symptoms During All on 4 Recovery
Your All on 4 Aftercare at Kew Dentistry is communicative and compassionate. Braving such a positive life-altering procedure is highly commendable and nothing short of courageous, and it should be treated as such. We clearly outline the symptoms and best practices as you embark on the first three weeks of your new and improved life with a full mouth of pearly whites.
1. Pain / Discomfort
Pain is normal. We supply patients with prescription pain killers that are sufficient in counteracting the discomfort experienced. Note that the pain relief may cause drowsiness; This is the perfect excuse to rest up and certainly avoid driving and alcohol consumption.
Most of the pain you experience during All on 4 Dental Implant recovery isn’t the procedure itself, rather the swelling that comes with it. Swelling will peak at 72 hours after the operation, and it will last for 7-10 days. Along with pain associated implications, there may be some physical restrictions, especially in mouth movement. All of this is normal, and once again, it’s all vital to the body’s natural healing process.
During the All on 4 Dental Implant recovery time, you may experience a little blood-stained saliva, do not be alarmed. However, If it persists and in fact increases, you should call your dentist – If it’s after hours, the emergency department. The ice pack should help with bleeding as it changes the viscosity of your blood.
To avoid ‘unnecessary’ bleeding resist the urge to spit or suck through a straw; this produces pressure within the mouth, drawing blood from the stitches.
Nausea and/or vomiting after surgery is uncommon. These could relate to the medications you’re taking or if an excessive amount of blood is swallowed. If vomiting after your procedure occurs and persists, please contact the clinic or your nearest emergency department.
Infection is uncommon. If an infection does occur, it will emerge as a late increase in swelling and/or discomfort (5-10 days after surgery), with the onset of pus or a foul taste in your mouth. At Kew Dentistry, we prescribe 1-2 weeks of antibiotics to fight infection.
A slight fever or increase in body temperature and/or chills may occur. The fever should subside within 24 hours. Sometimes this will happen as your body adjusts from the procedure, and while uncommon, it can happen. However, a persistent, low-grade temperature should be reported to your surgeon.
Your All on 4 Dental Implant Recovery Diet
The All on 4 Dental Implant recovery diet is one of soft textures and minimal resistance. It’s certainly not an exciting diet, but it is necessary.
In the first week implementing soft foods is critical; trust us, you’ll want to implement anyway. It’s equally important to ensure you’re receiving stable nutrients; in fact, given the start of your recovery, more vitamins and minerals are preferable; Soups, yogurts, custard, puree, mash potato etc.
We recommend steering clear of food that demands high bite force like nuts, apples, steak, carrots, crusty bread, food with bones etc. instead, stick to rice, pasta, cooked vegetables and soft fruits.
All on 4 Aftercare at Kew Dentistry
We don’t expect you to brave recovery by yourself. We follow an All on 4 Aftercare Plan to ensure we are there to support you in any concerns or struggles you’re facing.
Week 1: A 5-minute check-up to examine stitches, symptoms and consult any of your queries.
Week 3: A consultation at the three-week mark to explain further proceeding in hygiene and dieting.
Month 3: the last consultation to once again consult on updating your All on 4 recovery diet. If there are no signs of pain and the prosthesis is deemed flawless, then you may proceed with the diet that most would label normal.
Kew Dentistry’s All on 4 Aftercare
A lot of patients that receive the All on 4 treatment have suffered for years. Insecurities on their appearance, lack of nutrition due to complications and pain both in their gums and exposed nerves in their teeth. All on 4 has changed many lives. If you’re considering the procedure, get in touch with Kew Dentistry for a free over-the-phone consultation – Contact Kew Dentistry.