Fixed Implants

All-On-4 Dental Implants – Fixed Implants to Fix Your Dental Problems

Patients who want a more permanent teeth replacement solution than dentures may find that all-on-four implants are a better solution for them. All-on-4 dental implants are implemented with a revolutionary technique, which allows the majority of patients to benefit from a permanent teeth replacement option. To learn more about this permanent teeth replacement solution, and the differences between this treatment and dentures, please read our information below.

How Are All-On-4 Dental Implants Different from Dentures?

The biggest difference between all-on-four implants and dentures is the fact that all-on-four implants are permanently fixed in the mouth of the patient by fusing them with the jawbone. While dentures can be taken out daily, all-on-four implants are permanently fixed, which means you do not have to take them out and put them back in every day.

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How Are All-On-4 Dental Implants Implemented?

All-on-four implants are placed in strategic locations by an experienced oral surgeon. By placing the implants in these locations, the oral surgeon can create a strong foundation for replacement teeth, even though this treatment only uses a total of four implants. However, in some cases, the oral surgeon can use a total of six implants.

The inventors of the all-on-four dental implant technique wanted to make sure that their new treatment had a high success rate. In order to obtain a high success rate, Dr Paulo Malo and Nobel BioCare ensured a strong foundation for replacement teeth by using longer implants such as Zygoma Implants and Quad Zygoma Implants, but also by tilting the posterior implants by forty-five degrees.

What Are the Specific Benefits of All-On-4 Dental Implants Compared to Dentures?

One of the biggest benefits of all-on-four dental implants compared to dentures is the fact that this solution is permanent. Patients do not have to take their teeth out, nor do they have to place them in a cleansing solution overnight.

That being said, patients should understand that the implementation of dental implants is still a surgical procedure and is accompanied by a number of risks. For that reason, patients should always receive the necessary information and fully understand that information before they continue with their dental implant treatment.

Is the Maintenance of All-On-4 Dental Implants the Same as the Maintenance Needed for Dentures?

The maintenance of all-on-4 implants is quite different from the maintenance needed for dentures, because unlike dentures, all-on-4 implants cannot be removed from the mouth for cleaning. That being said, the maintenance of all-on-four dental implants is quite similar to cleaning your natural teeth.

Brushing your Implants

To brush you implants and replacement teeth, you can use a normal toothbrush, since studies have shown that there is no difference between electric, sonic or manual toothbrushes where oral hygiene is concerned. However, it can be useful to obtain some special brushes to clean the hard-to-reach places that cannot be cleaned with a normal toothbrush that easily.

Your all-on-four implants should be cleaned at least twice a day, just like your natural teeth. To brush your teeth, use your preferred toothbrush and a low-abrasive dentifrice and make sure all plaque is removed.

In addition to a normal toothbrush, patients may need to purchase a good interdental brush, which are used to clean those hard-to-reach areas. When you purchase an interdental brush, please make sure that the interdental brush does not contain a metal wire. Interdental brushes with metal wires are often available in supermarkets, but are not suitable to clean your implants.

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Floss

Patients also need to floss to keep their replacement teeth and their implants in a good state. To clean your replacement teeth in the right way, make sure the dental floss reaches both sides of the tooth. Wrap the floss in a circle and cross both sides in the front of the tooth. Then, move the floss in a sawing motion.

The dental hygienist will also recommend using an antibacterial mouthwash. An antibacterial mouthwash will keep your mouth healthy, but also clean those spots that are especially hard to reach.

Water Flossing

Regular flossing can be complicated for patients with mobility problems. Therefore, many dentists and dental hygienist will recommend the use of a so-called oral irrigator, better known under the name water flosser. Even though a water flosser may be a big investment, it will certainly pay off where your dental health is concerned.

Can There Be Complications with Implants After Implementation

Even if you had your implants for a number of years, there can be complications if you do not take proper care of your implants. One of the complications that may arise from poor oral hygiene is peri-implantitis, a condition that may cause your implants to fail.

What Is Peri-Implantitis?

Peri-implantitis is a term used to describe an infection, which eventually leads to the inflammation of bone and gums surrounding an already integrated dental implant. If the condition is not treated immediately, peri-implantitis can lead to complete loss of the bone supporting the implant.

How Is Peri-Implantitis Treated?

Peri-implantitis is treated by preventing further bone loss, subsequently preventing the dental implants from being lost. In general, the infected and inflamed area needs to be treated with the right dental equipment, but in some cases the patient must also take antibiotics and antibacterial medication to stop the problem from spreading.

In some cases, peri-implantitis may require bone grafting procedures and dental surgery. However, these treatments are certainly necessary to ensure the infection cannot reappear or spread to other implants you may have.

More Information about Implants

Patients can browse our website for more information regarding dental implants, their maintenance and other topics that may be of use to the patient in question. Potential patients can also book an appointment at our Malo Clinic to see if they are eligible for the procedure. Simply give us a call or contact us via the website.

 

 

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