With dental implants becoming increasingly popular, today we want to talk in more detail about on All on 4 dental implants, and share with you a few tips and a step by step guide about how to clean your All on 4 dental implants.
What are All On 4 Implants?
To break this down and explain how All on 4 implants work, it is easier to first think about a single dental implant. This is where a small screw is inserted directly into your jawbone where a tooth is missing and requires replacing. This allows for a fake tooth to then be attached to that screw and locked into place on your gums.
In the case of All on 4 implants, there would be four screws attached to the top and bottom of the jaw bone, put in place to anchor a complete bridge and replace several, possibly all, teeth at once. In this way, you are able to replace a full arch of teeth in one go, making it a much more comfortable experience for the patient. In addition to the comfort factor, dentistry like this also means that the work can usually be completed in one day, rather than over the course of several appointments.
The All on 4 implants screws are usually made from titanium, and they then have the dentures screwed into place on top of them.
All on 4 dental implants are a relatively recent advance within the dentistry industry and have revolutionised dental procedures. The implants tend to have around a 95% success rate and have dramatically reduced the time and discomfort that previous methods took.
As these dentures are screwed in and secured in place on your jaw, there is no need to remove them and clean them, making them much more like regular teeth. As such, they need to be looked after similarly to them.
What is the best way to clean All on 4 dental implants?
All on 4 dental implants do need to be cleaned and cared for in a specific way, to ensure their longevity and to avoid any damage to the gums. These implants are just as open to infections as regular teeth so they do require the same level of care and attention to prevent gum disease and bacterial infections.
Your dentist should be able to give you a complete care guide to looking after your new implants and do ensure that you ask any questions so that you are confident in being able to look after them properly.
It is useful to get special brushes and dental equipment from your dentist in order to help you to care for your new All on 4 implants from the very beginning. You can get gentle interdental brushes and you might like to get oral irrigation tools such as water picks along with regular dental floss.
Take care of your All on 4 dental implants in 4 simple steps
You should prioritise cleaning your implants carefully after every meal. Give yourself a few minutes to do every time to ensure that you are able to perform the task thoroughly. On each occasion you will want to go through the following three steps.
Take care to brush your teeth as you normally would, and make sure that you do so for around two to three minutes. Where possible, you should use a soft-bristled manual toothbrush or an electric toothbrush.
Take care not to push down too hard, and take the time to work your way methodically and completely around all of your implants and teeth.
It is best to brush in circular motions, from the top of the teeth all the way to the gum line. Take care not to brush your gums harshly. If you are using an electric toothbrush, many of them flash or alert you if you are applying too much pressure while brushing.
It can help to use a timer so that you can be confident that you are spending enough time on this initially, and you will soon find your own routine and brush for at least two minutes every time.
You will now want to use an oral irrigation tool, such as a water pick and some dental floss. This is to remove any debris caught between your implants and around your gum line.
As with your teeth brushing, complete this task methodically, steadily working your way around your mouth so that every area is cleaned thoroughly.
When you have completed flossing, rinse your mouth out with water, or use a little salt water if the gums are bleeding a little.
Finally, it is worth purchasing a rubber tip gum stimulator. These allow you to remove any small particles around your gum line and prevent them from getting trapped around the implant and your jawbone.
To use the rubber tip gum stimulator, move it gently all around your gum line and it will carefully remove tiny particles and debris.
If you follow all four steps daily, you should find that your All on 4 dental implants remain in good condition.
Do continue with those dental check ups
In addition to taking special care of your All on 4 dental implants yourself at home, it is imperative that you continue with those dental check ups.
Make a point to book in to see your dentist and hygienist every three to six months for regular check ups and full cleans. This will ensure that they can check for any loosening or damage and offer you advice on how well you are managing to clean them yourself at home. It is also an opportunity for your dentures to receive a thorough clean.
It is always worth booking the next appointment in at the time of your check up so that you can be confident that you will check back in with them every six months. Most practices will give you a call a week or so before you are due to attend your appointment to remind you that you need to go in.