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Eating and Drinking During All-On-4 Recovery

November 11, 2022

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All-On-4 for top and bottom archesIf you’re ready to replace your missing teeth with All-On-4, you’re making a wise choice. You won’t have to worry about going without any teeth while your jawbone heals because you’ll be fitted with your denture on the same day as your All-On-4 surgery. Although you’ll walk out of your appointment with a new set of pearly whites, you can’t go out for a burger afterward. You’ll have to watch what you eat and drink for a few weeks. Don’t worry, here’s what you can expect during your recovery.

Eating and Drinking Post-Op

Your jawbone will need time to integrate with your dental implants through a process called osseointegration, which can take several weeks. Placing too much pressure on the posts too soon can lead to improper healing, which can cause your dental implants to fail. Your dentist will have strict dietary instructions to allow your bone to fuse to your implants.

1-2 Weeks Post-Op: Consume a Liquid Diet

Your mouth will be sore for a few days, which means eating can be painful. It is best to stick to a liquid diet for 1-2 weeks during your All-On-4 recovery. Immediately after your surgery, avoid any hot liquids until the effects of any numbing agents or sedatives dissipate to prevent accidental burns. Don’t drink through a straw because suction can dislodge the blood clots that have formed, which can cause bleeding or delay healing. Avoid any carbonated drinks for at least 48 hours after your surgery.

2 Weeks-3 Months Post-Op: Eat Soft Foods

In a couple of weeks, your dentist will give the go-ahead to introduce softer foods that require minimal chewing, like mashed potatoes, bananas, or soups. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and refrain from alcohol, which can increase your risk of infections and slow your recovery. 

Enjoying Your New Set of Teeth

Your dentist will monitor your healing and let you know when you can resume your normal diet. After your jawbone has healed, you can regain up to 70% of your natural biting force to enjoy all your favorite foods again. However, your dentist will recommend limiting any that are hard or chewing, which can put extra wear and tear on your new teeth. Don’t forget to cut your food into small pieces to make them easier to chew. 

It may take some time to adjust to your new teeth, but soon you may forget they aren’t your own. You’ll never have to worry about slipping, irritation, or messy adhesives again. You will have the next best thing to your natural smile to savor your favorite meals and treats.

About Dr. Tina Theroux

Dr. Theroux achieved her dental degree at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine and has regularly continued her education in advanced services, like dental implant placement. She can perform the entire dental implant process in-house. If you’re ready to invest in All-On-4, choose a dentist with a reputation you can trust. Contact our office today to request a consultation.

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