The Day of the Procedure
You will have someone you trust drive you home from your implant dentist’s office. Your driver should stay with you until you fully recover from anesthesia and sedation or another trusted person takes over. Risks of complications are low, but it’s good to have someone there just in case.
You might want to just sleep after your procedure, and that’s fine. You should not go back to work.
However, you should try to eat. Cool, soft foods are typically recommended at this point.
Your implant dentist will tell you the details of how the procedure went, as it doesn’t always go according to plan. After the procedure, you will either have an implant concealed by your gums, a cap to hold a place for restorations like a dental crown, or a fully restored implant or implants. With a procedure like All-on-4, you are likely to have a full bridge on your four new implants. If you have a crown or bridge on your implant, it will be a provisional restoration that will need to be replaced later, but should allow you to smile and chew with confidence in a few days.
When you are awake, apply an ice pack to your cheeks near the implant site, following a cycle of 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off. This will help control swelling and bruising. Some bleeding is normal at this point.
Your implant dentist might have prescribed you medications, such as an antibiotic or pain medication. Take these according to schedule, even if you aren’t feeling discomfort.
Speaking of discomfort, it could be mild to moderate at this point.