How to Clean All-on-4 Dental Implants
All on 4 Dental implants are something you want to last your lifetime, especially after all of the money and time as a patient you put into their placement. All on 4 Dental implants mimic natural teeth and therefore need to be cared for in much the same way as your original teeth do.
In other words, they require regular brushing, flossing, checkups and cleanings at the dentist and a careful consideration of what foods can help as well as harm them. For instance, too much starch and sugar can leave behind traces of material on the teeth that can cause acids to develop on teeth and gums which can serve to cause damage in the long term.
Adequate maintenance of All on 4 Dental implants should become an important part of your day to day routine. This can be achieved by developing excellent oral hygiene habits.
Remember, if you want your All on 4 Dental implants to last, you must take exceptional care of them.
A healthy mouth is a clean mouth, as free of bacteria and plaque as possible therefore if you don’t do it already, get into the habit of brushing your teeth after every meal. Even if you don’t always use toothpaste during a busy workday, just using a toothbrush and water will still get your teeth clean. Not only will they look sparkly white but also you will dislodge any food particles that are trapped between the teeth and in the gums.
As far as the kind of toothpaste that is best for those who have All on 4 Dental implants, look for a small sized toothbrush or a special interdental brush that can be used to easily clean the abutments of the implants. Look for a toothbrush with a bent handle as this type is best used to get behind the back teeth to clean the, aforementioned, abutments. The type of toothbrush you buy should always be a gentle one. Look for a brush that is either “soft” or “extra soft” in terms of the bristle.
Never buy a hard-bristled toothbrush nor a medium bristled one, as they are too abrasive to gums and teeth.
Brushing is important but not enough. Next comes the flossing stage. Buy a special floss that contains a foam coating or else use gauze to properly clean around your abutments, prosthetic teeth and gums. For a super clean result, you might want to first use the floss and then run the gauze over the areas afterwards.
When it comes to the process of brushing your teeth if you have a removable prosthesis, take it out of your mouth and proceed to carefully brush both the inside and outside of the appliance. After that is done, take your toothbrush and brush around your gums as well as the abutments. Finally use dental floss around the abutments.
If you have a fixed prosthesis (meaning it stays in your mouth) then brush it exactly as you would natural teeth. Take the brush and reach it in behind the teeth to thoroughly clean the backside of the abutments. Next take your dental floss and floss around the area of the abutments. Make sure to floss the front, sides and back of the abutments.
Here are more and detailed hygiene routines for a hygiene All on 4 Dental Implant:
The first few days after your implants are put in, brushing may not be a possibility. Instead, your periodontist will give you a special mouth rinse to use. If after a few days you begin brushing and still find your mouth to be too sensitive, then go back to the rinse. However, if this continues for too many days, you might want to call your periodontist.
Flossing is a very important part of your oral hygiene routine. You need to take special care to floss your implants, and all other areas of your new teeth. While all on 4 dental implants are made to last a lifetime, taking special care of them will keep them in good condition and keep your smile healthy and clean.
You should always be aware if you have a habit of grinding your teeth, as it is not good for regular teeth or dental implants. Grinding your teeth throughout the day, or even while sleeping can damage your implants to the point of needing to be replaced.
Sticky foods and candies should be avoided as much as possible to maintain your implants. While you will have no problem enjoying most foods with your new implants, hard objects and sticky foods can create problems. Check in with your periodontist for a full list of foods they advise against you eating.
You will need to brush your implants as regularly as you would your natural teeth. Your periodontist may also recommend you purchase a special type of toothbrush that is bent on the end, to sufficiently clean all parts of your new implants.
After having your implants put in, you may want to schedule an appointment for a month or two afterwards to make sure that the implants are sitting well in your jaw. After this first visit, routine x-rays, cleanings, and check-ups should be made at least twice a year.
When you do this, you get to enjoy the benefits All on 4 dental Implants has to offer. All on 4 Dental Implants provide a tooth replacement solution that is worth the investment. Traditional dental implants can run in the region of $4000 per implant, having the All on 4 can save money and look, feel, and last longer.
Removable dentures and bridges were the standard of dentistry care for many years. The All on 4 dental implants constitute a brand-new set of non-removable teeth. They possibly can be placed almost always in a single surgery in a single setting. Therefore, they provide immediate aesthetics coupled with immediate functionality. Nothing temporary needs to be placed with a secondary procedure.
With dentures, one needs messy adhesives, anesthetic gels, and cleaning products for them. All on 4 implants stay in the mouth, so these are unnecessary. Since the All on 4 implants are permanently affixed, they will not fall out or shift around. Dentures may need an expensive refitting every few years, but not with the All on 4 implants.
A significant number of patients who were told in the past that implants could not be permanently placed will now be in for a pleasant surprise. The missing teeth are replaced with a full dental bridge supported by only 4 dental implants. This means no bone grafting is necessary.
Studies have shown that the fixed, secure All on 4 provides a better ability to bite and chew food, ending up improving digestion. So along with improving the aesthetic appearance with an improved smile, the function is improved substantially.
The implants can be cleaned and maintained just like natural teeth. Patients can eat foods they enjoy. Even if patients don’t have the bone volume necessary to support traditional implants, the All on 4 is typically safely performed. Recovery time is minimal with the procedure, and patients may resume a normal diet quickly after the procedure.
Benefits of the All on 4 include the following:
- Minimal recovery time
- Bone grafting need eliminated
- Easy maintenance with proper mouth hygiene
- Patients can eat all kinds of food
- Aesthetic appearance with lifelong lasting potential
- Confidence boosting in just one day
- Long term results assured
- Overall cost is reduced when compared to single implants
- Patients can decide to return to work the following day
Just as natural teeth require checkups at the dentist, so do dental implants.
Make a trip to the dentist at least every six months to have the implants professionally checked and cleaned. At this time, the periodontist will determine whether or not it is fitting properly in your mouth and any repairs that need to be made can be done so at this time. Also, during these six-month appointments, the health of a patient’s gums and jaws will be looked at as well as how stable the anchors of the implants are.
At Greater Pittsburgh Dental Implants & Periodontics in Allison Park, we have been placing dental implants for over 30 years. Even so, Dr. Weingarden and Dr. Bakuri will tell you that dental implants are not always the best treatment option. We will always work with you to develop a treatment plan for your needs and preferences.