Your Ultimate Guide to Maintaining All On 4 ImplantsPublished On: October 31, 2023
Also known as Full Arch Implants, All-on-4 dental implants are a game-changer for your smile. If you are missing most or all of your teeth, they are a permanent, reliable and comfortable alternative to traditional dentures. This concept uses just four strategically placed dental implants to provide a natural-looking smile transformation. Not only does All On 4 restore your smile, but it also preserves your jawbone and improves your oral and overall health so you can say goodbye to dental problems affecting the quality of your life.
To ensure your new smile lasts a lifetime without any issues, maintaining proper oral hygiene is key. Don’t worry because cleaning and maintaining your All On 4 implants to keep them in tip-top shape is as easy as caring for your natural teeth.
How to Clean All-on-4 Implants at Home
At With U Dental, we understand that Full Arch Implants are a significant investment in your oral health. We want to help you extend their lifespan so they remain problem-free and functional for years to come. Here are some tips on how you can maintain your new smile:
Brush Your Teeth
Just like your natural teeth, your dental implants also benefit from brushing. Make sure you brush your teeth at least twice daily or after every meal whenever possible. We recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush to prevent damage to your implants or gums. Pay special attention to the gum line when brushing, as food particles can get stuck in the areas where your dental restorations are attached.
Flossing is an important part of your oral hygiene routine as it helps you remove food particles that get trapped between your teeth. The same applies even if you have All On 4 implants. Flossing around your dental prosthesis helps clear food particles and prevent plaque formation and gum inflammation, which can affect the success of your implant. However, regular floss may not be suitable for cleaning around your All On 4 implants effectively. Use a special implant floss or a water flosser that uses a stream of water for better cleaning.
Rinse With a Mouthwash
Rinse your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash to reduce bacteria in your mouth and keep your All-on-4 implants clean. You can even opt for a more natural option, like a warm saltwater rinse – just swish it around in your mouth for about 10 seconds and spit it out.
Schedule Regular Dental Check-Ups
Checking in with your dentist regularly is an important step in your All-on-4 maintenance routine. We recommend scheduling dental appointments every 6 months for professional cleaning and maintenance. These visits will help us check the condition of your All-on-4 implants and dental prostheses, clean your implants and assess your oral health to ensure they are in tip-top shape.
Daily care is the foundation of healthy All-on-4 implants. Failure to do so can lead to infections and gum inflammation that can even lead to implant failure. That is why sticking to a proper All-on-4 maintenance and cleaning routine is vital if you want to preserve your new smile. In addition to the tips mentioned above, you can also maintain your All On 4 implants by avoiding harmful habits such as use of tobacco and alcohol consumption.
Our experienced and friendly team at With U Dental will guide you on maintaining your All On 4 implants to enjoy that beautiful smile for a lifetime. We are here with you every step of the way to support you in your journey towards excellent oral health.