INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE ALL-ON-4® PROCEDURE
Here are some guidelines and instructions for you to follow to aid in your healing and recovery:
Significant swelling may occur after surgery. After the procedure, apply an ice pack on both sides of your face at 15 minute intervals for the remainder of the day. Moist heat such as a warm, wet wash cloth, will aid in reducing swelling after the first 48-72 hours.
Swelling usually reaches its maximum within the first 72 hours post-surgery and then slowly decreases.
Bruising sometimes occurs after implant surgery. Bruising often develops a few days post-surgery and may be located either above or below the area that implants were placed. This is normal and typically resolves after the first week.
It is extremely important to be on a soft diet for the first 3 months of healing. During this time your implants are integrating, and you’re wearing a temporary prosthesis that is not meant to be used to chew hard or crunchy foods.
Acceptable foods are soft and easy to chew and swallow. These foods may be chopped, ground, mashed or pureed. This diet should be followed for the first 3 months after your surgery.
Meats And Other Protein Sources:
An All-On-4® prosthesis sits firmly on your gums. Therefore, you need to maintain a strong hygiene routine such as brushing, flossing and rinsing in order to help clean under your prosthesis.
During the first week, use the provided monoject syringe to gently clean underneath your prosthesis. After two weeks you may begin to use a water pick and floss.
Refrain from exercise, heavy lifting and any physical activity for the first week following surgery. Elevation of heart rate and blood pressure may promote bleeding and delay healing. After the first week, and based on the doctor’s discretion, patients may ease back in to physical activity.
PLEASE: Do not smoke for the first week after surgery. Smoking may dry out the tissues and delay healing. Smoking can also cause you to bleed more and for longer periods of time.
NOTE: You can expect to be uncomfortable for the first 3 days after surgery. After the third day, discomfort generally lessens, with progressive improvement thereafter.
REMEMBER: We are concerned about your well-being. If you should experience any difficulty in breathing, bleeding that you feel is excessive, persistent nausea or vomiting, or any pain that is not managed with prescribed medications, please contact us immediately. There is always a doctor on call to answer your questions or to provide you with emergency care. After-hours answering service: (855) 808-9500, www.FairfaxOralSurgery.com.