All-on-4 dental implants are a popular choice for men and women who have many loose or missing teeth, as it is a relatively quick and easy way to restore oral function and aesthetics with a permanent solution.
If you’ve chosen to have All-on-4 dental implants placed by Dr. Scherer of Wheaton Oral Surgery and Implant Center, you’ll need to keep reading to find out about some of the most important aftercare tips for your procedure. After all, having an entirely new set of teeth can be a big change and will take time to get used to.
• Maintain Proper Oral Hygiene
A huge All-on-4 dental implant aftercare tip is to maintain proper oral hygiene, both immediately after your procedure, and as part of your daily oral care. Immediately following your procedure, patients should avoid direct contact with their surgical sites and only use a soft bristle toothbrush to clean their teeth. You can also use a Waterpik to flush out food that may be trapped under or around your All-on-4 implants.
Many men and women mistakenly believe that dental implants won’t require much everyday care. However, All-on-4 dental implants must be cared for just like your natural teeth. You should brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day, and use an antibacterial mouthwash once a day to ensure you maintain good dental health and dental implant success.
Unfortunately, many men and women tend to ignore this important aftercare tip after any procedure. But rest is truly one of the most important things you can do after you have your All-on-4 dental implants placed. If you do not rest, you could experience complications or a longer recovery time. Make sure you plan ahead to take a few days off from your normal daily activities after you have your implants placed.
• Follow Dr. Scherer’s Aftercare Instructions
A huge part of ensuring a healthy recovery and successful All-on-4 implant placement is following Dr. Scherer’s aftercare instructions to a “T.” Be sure to take any pain medication prescribed by Dr. Scherer as directed. Sleep with your head slightly elevated for the first few days as well. This will help you avoid excessive facial swelling. If you experience discomfort, you can apply ice packs to the sides of your face in 15-minute increments.
• Eat the Proper Foods
This often comes as a surprise to many of Dr. Scherer’s patients, but in the first few days, after he places your All-on-4 dental implants, you will need to restrict your diet to protect your new implants. Foods you should avoid include hard and chewy foods. Instead, make plans to eat soft foods for the first few days after your All-on-4 dental implant procedure. Dr. Scherer recommends foods like smoothies or protein shakes, soups, mashed potatoes, pudding, applesauce, yogurt, cooked noodles, scrambled eggs, and oatmeal.
• Stay Hydrated
Not only will All-on-4 dental implants patients need to eat the proper foods after their implant procedure, but they will also need to stay well hydrated during their recovery in order to ensure proper healing. Make sure to keep plenty of water on hand. Dr. Scherer recommends his patients also drink Gatorade, decaffeinated teas, and other drinks low in sugar.
Make an Appointment with Dr. Scherer at Wheaton Oral Surgery and Implant Center With Any Other Questions
If you have additional questions about proper All-on-4 dental implant aftercare tips, call Dr. Scherer at (630) 364-2888 at his office today to speak with a member of his friendly team.