Maintain Your Smile

All You Need to Know About Maintaining Your All-On-4 Smile!

You may have obtained your all-on-4 dental implants and have your beautiful smile back, but how do you make sure your dental implants and prosthetic teeth stay healthy? Even though your artificial teeth are not sensitive to cavities, not looking after your all-on-4 dental implants could cause your dental implants to fail! Read our information below to prevent problems with your all-on-4 dental implants and to ensure they stay healthy for a long period of time!

Be On the Lookout for Infections

Even though patients do not have (all) their natural teeth after an all-on-4 treatment, your dental implants can be negatively impacted by infections. People with dental implants should therefore always be on the lookout for a condition called peri-implantitis, which could have dire consequences for your oral health.

Peri-implantitis is an infection that causes an inflammation of the gum and bone surrounding a dental implant that has already fused with the bone. If the condition is left untreated, it may lead to severe bone loss and eventually failing dental implants.

The problem with peri-implantitis is that the condition is incredibly difficult to treat. Most patients suffering from the condition are often not aware of the problem until the dental implant affected by the condition is in the later stages of the infection. However, patients can usually detect the presence of peri-implantitis by pain situated around their dental implant. If the patient detects pain, it is essential that the patient books an appointment with their dentist as soon as possible, no matter how minor the pain may seem at the time.

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Your Dental Hygienist Will Become Your Best Friend

The dental hygienist will play a crucial role in the maintenance of your dental implants, because a professional clean is will keep infections and other related problems with your dental implants at bay.

A bacterial biofilm, better known under the name plaque, can appear on the crowns of your dental implants, similar to plaque appearing on your natural teeth. The bacterial biofilm needs to be removed on a daily basis through brushing and cleaning, otherwise you may develop an infection. However, a perfect clean can only be executed by the dental hygienist, this does not only apply to dental implants, but also to your regular teeth.

In order to execute a thorough clean, the dental hygienist needs to use special tools that will not damage important structures of your implant; for example, the crown, abutment and even the dental implant itself. If your implant is not cleaned properly, and is damaged, the scratches on the surface of your implant could harbour bacteria that may lead to infection.

Even if a patient takes good care of their teeth, and visits their dental hygienist on a regular basis, the patient still needs to look out for common signs of infection. Infections can usually be spotted by a part of the implant body being visible, or when the implant surface is exposed despite previous fusion with the bone.

The Proper Tool for the Job

When you clean your dental implants at home, you will need some special brushes and floss to ensure you dental implants are cleaned properly. Below, you will find an overview of the brushes and tools that can help you protect your dental implants against infection and ensure good oral hygiene. The overview also contains brushes suitable for other special circumstances, such as orthodontics and dentures.

Implant Brush

One of the toothbrushes that will definitely be necessary is an implant brush. The implant brush is characterised by a unique design, which enables the patient to get easier access to some hard-to-reach places. The implant brush has an angled neck, which makes it easier to reach the surfaces of the dental implants. The brush is considerably slimmer than a regular toothbrush as well, which enables patients to reach narrow areas. That being said, the filaments of the brush are still rounded and soft, which enables gentle yet thorough cleaning.

Orthodontic Brush

The orthodontic brush can be used for dental implants as well as orthodontic wires. The toothbrush consists of two rows of soft filaments, which are set upon an extra narrow brush head. The brush also has a longer neck than the average toothbrush; this enables patients to brush closer to their dental implants and their orthodontic wires.

Soft Brush

Patients who just had oral surgery will need an extra soft brush to clean their teeth, gums and tongue. There are numerous soft brushes on the market today, but patients should look specifically for soft brushes with at least 12,000 soft filaments. The soft brush can be used to clean very sensitive areas, root surfaces or can be used for patients who regularly suffer from a dry mouth.

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Tuft

The tuft is a special toothbrush with extra soft filaments and a dome shape. The handle of this toothbrush tends to be wider than the average toothbrush, so patients can get a better grip during cleaning and use the toothbrush when more precision is required. A tuft is best suitable for patients with fixed orthodontics, attachments or dentures on or over the gum line. It can also be a good toothbrush for children, specifically children with erupting molars.

Angled Brush with Pointed Tuft

The angled brush with pointed tuft is a good brush for hard-to-reach areas, especially the teeth in the back of the mouth. Brush tips that come with this toothbrush can be attached to either side of the toothbrush handle. Patients can also get this particular brush in various softness options; this includes soft, extra soft and medium.

Denture Brush

The denture brush is a toothbrush characterised by longer and stronger filaments than a regular toothbrush; this enables patients to gain great access to their dentures without damaging them. The strong brush can somewhat bend as well, which allows a better grip for those who use it.

Conclusion

Good oral hygiene and regular visits to your dental hygienist can keep your dental implants healthy and functional. If you have more questions about your dental implants, or struggle with a related problem, please contact our clinic today.

 

 

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