June 19, 2024

Do Any Drinks Have an Impact on the Look of All-on-4® Teeth

If you’ve been living with missing teeth, All-on-4® dental implants offer a new beginning. But just like real teeth, All-on-4® teeth require regular cleaning and proper care to last a lifetime. Lifestyle factors like smoking, poor hygiene and certain kinds of foods can take their toll on your oral health, compromising the look and functionality of your All-on-4® teeth.

You’ve probably heard that there are certain foods you should avoid while you recover from dental implant surgery, but can you enjoy the pleasures of a glass of wine, beer, cocktail, coffee or soft drink after receiving All-on-4® treatment?

Pioneered by Dr Paulo Malo in 1998, All-on-4® dental implants work according to the same principle as traditional dental implants, with one important difference. The entire arch of new teeth rests on just four implants: two at the front and two at the back in either the upper or lower jawbone. All-on-4®’s unique benefits include a 98% success rate and a reduced recovery period compared to traditional dental implants. Plus, there is no need for dental bone grafting.

As Australia’s leading All-on-4® clinic, Next Smile Australia can answer all your queries and concerns about this advanced form of dental restoration. This is our guide to drinking after All-on-4® surgery.

What Drinks To Avoid While Recovering From All-on-4® Surgery

Every dental implant surgery comes with a recovery period. While All-on-4® dental implants typically have shorter recovery times than traditional implants, it’s still important to rest and to watch what you eat and drink, especially in the first few days after surgery. There are the first few days of wound healing, during which you may experience minor discomfort, swelling and bruising. The soft tissue of your gums can take up to two weeks to heal, while your jaw bone can take three to six months. This is because the process of osseointegration, the fusing of the implants with your jawbone, has to occur.

Some beverages to avoid drinking after All-on-4® surgery, especially in the first few days, include:

Hot drinks

Stick with cool (but not too cold) liquids for the first 24 hours after your implant surgery. Avoid hot drinks like tea and coffee, which can irritate your healing gums and burn your mouth while it’s still numb from anaesthetic.

Carbonated beverages

Carbonated drinks like sodas, soft drinks and sparkling water tend to irritate the area around your dental implants. They also typically have high sugar and acid content, which can irritate the gums around your dental implants and increase your risk of bacterial infection.

You should also avoid drinking anything through a straw, as this creates a suction that can dislodge the blood clots around your surgical area.


Your All-on-4® dental implants are most vulnerable to alcohol in the first few days after the procedure. Drinking alcohol during this period can hinder your body’s healing process by delaying blood vessel formation and potentially causing avascular necrosis (AVN), a rare condition where bone tissue dies. Alcohol also interferes with painkillers and antibiotics, dehydrates oral tissues, and creates a dry mouth environment, increasing the risk of infection. Furthermore, alcohol can exacerbate post-surgical pain, disrupt the mouth’s pH balance, and impair the absorption of essential vitamins and minerals, slowing down the osseointegration process.

What Drinks Impact the Longevity of All-on-4® Teeth?

One of the many benefits of All-on-4® dental implants is the freedom to eat and drink anything you want the way you used to. However, certain drinks will impact the longevity of your teeth, especially if you neglect adequate aftercare and proper cleaning as well. Drinking any of these drinks after your All-on-4® surgery can potentially shorten the lifespan of your dental implants:

Acidic drinks

Drinks that are highly acidic, like soft drinks (both regular and diet), juices and certain sports drinks, are known for wearing away tooth enamel over time. While acidic drinks won’t erode your All-on-4® dental implants, they can still damage your gums if consumed in large quantities and compromise your implants' integrity.

Sugary drinks

Sugary drinks such as soft drinks, energy drinks, fruit juices, teas, and coffees with added sugar can have effects similar to acidic ones on your gums. Sugar-filled drinks increase the number of bacteria in the mouth, which affects the gums and the stability of the implants.

Alcoholic beverages

People who drink excessive amounts of alcohol can suffer from poor nutrition or a shortage of vitamins, both of which can cause the oral tissues to respond suboptimally to dental implant treatments. Alcohol also slows down the healing process, weakens bone health and contributes to the build-up of plaque around dental implants, especially if regular cleaning is neglected.

Which Drinks Stain All-on-4® Teeth

Just like there are foods and drinks that can stain natural teeth, there are certain drinks that can tarnish the look of All-on-4® teeth, especially in excess. But you don’t have to stop drinking these beverages entirely. You can minimise their impact by rinsing with water after consuming them, booking yourself in for a regular professional clean and maintaining good oral hygiene in general.

Some beverages that are most inclined to stain your All-on-4® implants include:


The dark colour and acidic nature of coffee can lead to significant staining of All-on-4® teeth over time. Its tannins contribute to discolouration, making regular oral hygiene and professional cleanings essential to maintain a bright smile.


Black tea, in particular, contains tannins that are notorious for causing stains on All-on-4® teeth. These compounds bind to the surface of the teeth, gradually leading to a dull, yellowish appearance.

Red wine

The deep red pigments and tannins in red wine can quickly cause noticeable staining on All-on-4® teeth. Regular consumption can result in a darker, more discoloured smile, necessitating diligent oral care.

Cola and Other Dark Soft Drinks

These beverages contain both artificial colouring and acids, which can stain All-on-4® teeth. The combination of sugar and acids can also contribute to plaque buildup.

Fruit Juices

Dark or brightly coloured juices, such as grape, cranberry, and pomegranate, can stain All-on-4® teeth due to their intense pigments and natural acids. Frequent consumption can lead to persistent discolouration.

Energy Drinks

Many energy drinks are loaded with strong dyes that can stain All-on-4® teeth. Their high acidity also contributes to enamel erosion, further increasing the risk of discolouration.

Dark Beer

Similar to red wine, dark beers contain pigments that can stain All-on-4® teeth. Consuming these beverages regularly can result in a darker, less vibrant smile, highlighting the importance of good oral hygiene.

Find out If You’re Suitable for All-on-4® Treatment

All-on-4® is a treatment designed for patients who have lost all or most of their teeth due to causes such as injury and trauma, illness or advanced-stage tooth decay. If you only have one or two missing teeth or a problem that can easily be fixed by simpler means, All-on-4® isn’t the treatment option for you. But if you need full mouth restoration, All-on-4® provides you with a new, fully functional set of teeth that lets you smile, eat, and drink.

You can discover if All-on-4® is the right treatment for you by booking a personal consultation with a member of the Next Smile Australia team. One of our leading dental surgeons or accredited partner dentists will meet with you and assess your medical and dental history without judgment and take you through the treatment timeline. If we find that All-on-4® is the right treatment for you, we’ll craft a treatment plan that meets your needs.

Next Smile Australia can also help you with aftercare. Like natural teeth, a few simple regular measures are all it takes to preserve your All-on-4® teeth. Brush All-on-4® teeth as if they were your real teeth, floss, take care of your gums and book regular professional cleans every six months. Next Smile Australia will provide instructions for dental implant care and maintenance following your All-on-4® surgery.

To find out more about Next Smile Australia and the All-on-4® treatment, attend an information session, arrange a personal consultation or get in touch with Next Smile Australia.