Dental implants brace a dental bridge over your jawbone and are an excellent solution when you are missing teeth. Your dentist may recommend an All-on-4 implant as a better alternative to a conventional bridge, which often requires 4 or more implants that are screwed into the jaw. There is a unique routine procedure to be practiced when caring for and cleaning around dental implants. The gums around the dental implant or bridge require special attention because it is easy for food particles to get trapped around the base where the bridge is connected.
Dental Implants are a great option for replacing missing teeth altogether. Good oral hygiene helps to keep the dental implants safe after they have been implanted and for many years to come. This prevents gum disease and peri-implantitis, which is a type of gum disease common to individuals with dental implants. Cleaning up the denture is important as well. It will keep the denture looking at its best, and help you have a healthy and clean mouth. You can fight bad breath, ensure good periodontal health, and in the end, ensure that your restored smile looks bright, natural and attractive.
As with any other oral care routine, it is important to brush twice a day. Choose a good quality, soft-bristled manual or electric toothbrush and give your natural teeth and bridge a good brush for 2 to 3 minutes. Make sure you brush all the way up to the gum line in gentle, circular motions. All-on-4 dental implants are made of the same materials as single implants, and must also be treated using a soft-bristled toothbrush and water flosser and brushing with non-abrasive toothpaste at least twice a day. All-on-4 implants consist of one full arch of upper or lower teeth, in four separate implants. Extra attention, therefore, needs to be paid to removing food debris that gets stuck between the bridge and the gum line.
Most water flossers come with rubber-tip stimulators that can gently dissolve stuck food particles between the bridge and gum line. To extract food waste and bacteria from all-on-4s, use this device on your water flosser at least once a day. Stick to using medium or low settings only, as the high setting can, in some cases, detach tissue from the implant.
A sulcus brush is about one-third the width of a standard toothbrush and is effective in cleaning up the part of the bridge which transitions into soft tissue.
Extra Tips for Maintaining Dental Implants
Dental implants and overdentures cannot decay, but without proper dental implant care, your gums and supporting bone remain prone to bacterial decay, inflammation, and infection. Additionally, daily deep cleaning of dental implants is required to extend their lifespan. Additional tips can help prolong your dental implants’ life:
- Avoid smoking. Smoking can weaken and inflame the gums, and dentures and crowns can become stained. Stop smoking right away, and ask your doctor about effective smoking avoidance strategies if you need help with quitting.
- Seek treatment for grinding teeth: The grinding of teeth, also known as bruxism, can place excessive pressure on dental implants and dentures and thereby cause permanent harm.
- Avoid chewing on hard objects: Ice cubes, hard candies, and pencils are examples of items that could break your dentures or damage your crowns.
- Avoid running hot water: Soaking overdentures in hot or hot water may distort the shape of your dentures.
- Avoid using chlorine and bleach cleansers: Oral products containing bleach can weaken dentures and change their color, while chlorine-based solutions can tarnish and corrode the dentures and implants’ metal parts.
- Avoid using abrasive materials for cleaning: Examples of abrasive cleaning products that can permanently damage your dentures are rigid or hard-bristled toothbrushes, baking soda, and strong cleaners or stain removers.
- Regularly visit your dentist for deep cleaning: Regular dental inspections and professional cleaning enable your dentist to confirm that your implants and overdentures are working properly and that you have good oral health.