All-On-4 Post-Surgery Instructions

What To Expect: Post All-On-4 Implant Placement Surgery



To ensure a speedy recovery and achieve optimal results following your All-On-4 dental implant procedure, it is crucial to adhere to the maintenance and care instructions provided by your specialist at Aspire Surgical. By following these standard guidelines, you can enhance the healing process and minimize potential complications:

  • Rest and avoid strenuous activities: Allow yourself at least 72 hours of rest after the dental implant procedure. Refrain from engaging in activities such as exercise or heavy lifting during this time.
  • Arrange for a companion: Since patients typically receive general anesthesia or I.V. sedation, which can cause fatigue or dizziness, it is important to have someone accompany you to and from our office. Additionally, having someone stay with you for at least 12 hours post-operation is advisable.
  • Avoid touching or disturbing the surgical site: Refrain from touching, pulling, or picking at your mouth after surgery, even if you are curious to inspect your new smile. Doing so can potentially damage stitches, impede the recovery process, and increase the risk of infection at the implant sites.
  • Take prescribed medication responsibly: Follow the instructions provided by your dental implant specialist regarding post-operative medication. Take the prescribed medication responsibly and as directed to manage pain or discomfort effectively.

By conscientiously following these guidelines, you can promote proper healing, minimize complications, and pave the way for a successful recovery after your All-On-4 dental implant procedure.

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It is common to experience swelling following the All-On-4 procedure, with the peak typically occurring within the first 48-72 hours. To help alleviate swelling, you can use a washcloth soaked in warm water and gently apply it to the affected area. This can provide relief and aid in reducing swelling.

In the immediate aftermath of surgery, it is advisable to use an ice pack on your cheeks in 15-minute intervals for the first 24 hours. This helps to minimize swelling by constricting blood vessels and reducing inflammation. However, if swelling becomes a significant concern or persists beyond what is expected, it is always recommended to consult your dental implant specialist for further guidance and support.

By addressing swelling promptly and seeking professional advice when needed, you can ensure a more comfortable recovery process and optimize the overall outcome of your All-On-4 dental implant procedure.


During the initial stages of recovery after dental implant surgery, it is common to experience bruising around the implant site. This bruising is a normal occurrence and should not cause concern.

In most cases, the bruises will gradually fade and disappear within approximately one week following the surgery. As the healing progresses, the body's natural processes will help reabsorb the bruised tissue and promote the resolution of discoloration.

It is important to note that the extent and duration of bruising can vary among individuals, depending on factors such as personal healing abilities and the complexity of the procedure. However, rest assured that the appearance of bruises is typically a temporary and expected part of the healing process.

If you have any concerns about the bruising or if it persists beyond the expected timeframe, it is advisable to reach out to your dental implant specialist for further evaluation and guidance. They will be able to provide you with appropriate recommendations based on your specific situation.


It's natural to want to resume your normal workout routine after the All-On-4 dental implant operation; however, it's crucial to exercise caution and follow the proper guidelines to ensure a smooth and safe recovery.

In the initial recovery period, patients must avoid all physically demanding activities, including exercise, heavy lifting, and strenuous movements. Engaging in such activities can elevate your heart rate and blood pressure, potentially slowing down the recovery process and causing bleeding around the implant site.

To determine when you can gradually reintroduce physical activity, it is essential to consult your Aspire Surgical dental implant specialist. They will assess your individual case and provide personalized advice on when you can safely start integrating your typical exercise routine.

While every patient's recovery timeline may vary, a majority of individuals can typically begin to return to some level of physical activity after approximately one week. However, it is essential to heed your specialist's recommendations to ensure a successful recovery and optimize the long-term outcome of the All-On-4 dental implant procedure.


Following the All-On-4 procedure, it is crucial for patients to adhere to a soft food and liquid diet for a minimum of three months. This period is essential for the process of osseointegration, where the dental implant fuses with the jawbone. During this time, temporary teeth are utilized as placeholders while your permanent set is being crafted. These temporary teeth are not designed to withstand the pressure of solid or crunchy foods.

To ensure optimal implant maintenance and care, meals and snacks can be prepared in various ways to introduce variety into your diet. Chopped, mashed, pureed, or ground foods can be consumed, providing a range of options that are more easily tolerated during this recovery period.

Following this dietary restriction is strongly advised by implant specialists, as it contributes to a higher success rate for the implants, promotes faster recovery, and reduces the risk of complications.

By adhering to the soft food and liquid diet as recommended, you can support the process of osseointegration, facilitate optimal healing, and enhance the overall success of your All-On-4 dental implants.

What Are Some Examples of Acceptable Foods to Eat?

Below is a compilation of highly recommended foods following the All-On-4 dental implant procedure.

  • Fruits & Vegetables
    • Soft-cooked or steamed vegetables
    • Apple Sauce
    • Fruits without seeds or a tough skin
    • Cooked and canned fruits

  • Meats & Proteins
    • Soup (with soft meat and/or vegetables)
    • Tofu
    • Broiled or flakey fish
    • Stewed or roasted chicken
    • Tender or soft meats
    • Eggs
  • Grains
    • Pasta
    • Mashed potatoes
    • Oatmeal
    • Muffins
    • Soft bread
    • Waffles & Pancakes
  • Dairy
    • Milk
    • Cheese
    • Yogurt
    • Pudding & Jell-O
    • Protein Shakes
    • Soft serve ice cream

Are There Any Final Instructions?

  • No Smoking
  • It is imperative to avoid smoking for a minimum of one week after the operation. Smoking can significantly impede the recovery process and complicate the maintenance and care of the implants. Moreover, smoking can dry out the implant site, potentially leading to persistent and challenging-to-control bleeding.

  • Dsicomfort
  • Patients typically experience oral discomfort within the initial 72-hour period, but as the mouth undergoes the healing process, this discomfort gradually diminishes.


At Aspire Surgical, our dedicated dental implant specialists are committed to ensuring a positive, attentive, and collaborative experience throughout every stage of your All-On-4 procedure. Open communication is key, so please do not hesitate to inform your surgeon if you encounter any concerning symptoms such as excessive bleeding, nausea or vomiting, difficulty breathing, or persistent discomfort and pain. Additionally, if you find that your prescribed medication is not providing relief or causing adverse effects, contact us promptly, and we will explore alternative options together.

Rest assured, our staff is available around the clock to address any comments, questions, or urgent concerns you may have, and we offer emergency services as needed. For after-hours assistance, you can reach our one of our local oral surgery offices. Your well-being and satisfaction are our top priorities, and we are here to support you throughout your dental implant journey.