Rebuilding a damaged smile is a lot easier today, thanks to the (relatively) new “all on four” dental implant technology.
Specifically designed to provide a more strategic implant structure that locks a new smile in place, these implants are a more common procedure at Novato Oral Surgery.
Connecting new full arch dentures to four specific spots across the jaw, these implants are strong, solid, and durable. They are designed to be a lifelong smile solution – provided they are cleaned and well taken care of!
Below we highlight (almost) everything you need to know about how to clean all-on-4 implants.
We cover the importance of regular cleaning and maintenance, break down exactly how to best clean these implants, and even touch on some of the tools you might want to have on hand to make this process even easier.
Shall we jump right in?
Do I Need To Clean All-On-4 Dental Implants?
You absolutely must regularly care for and clean your all-on-4 dental implants. The synthetic implant dentures can become stained over time, can become compromised, and can even start to crack and crumble if left unattended.
Worse, these implants and dentures can harbor all kinds of bacteria and wreak havoc on your oral hygiene – causing serious problems faster than you would have thought possible.
While you might not have to worry about cavities with your new implant installation, that’s not the only problem to worry about if your smile goes unattended.
Be sure that you are cleaning your new investment just like you should be brushing your teeth twice daily, and you’ll have a lot less to worry about!
How To Clean All-on-4 Implants
Now that we’ve covered the importance of keeping these dental implants and dentures clean, let’s run through how to go about all-on-4 implants cleaning!
Scrubbing The Surface Of The Dental Implants
The first thing you’ll want to do is scrub away food particles, food debris, and anything else that might be sitting along your implants and the gum crevice.
It’s essential to do this twice daily (just like you would brush your smile). Make sure to inspect all areas closely, removing any leftover food debris. This can be done with this simple cleaning approach.
You don’t necessarily need to use toothpaste like you would cleaning natural teeth, either. You can get away with just using water to get rid of food bits and debris.
But you do have to brush and scrub the surface of your dentures and your new implants!
Flossing The All-On-4 Implants
You’ll want to floss your new implants, too.
You don’t have to floss between these denture teeth the way you might have with your “regular” teeth, but you do want to floss along the gum line, cross the tooth set, and around your gums.
This is the only way to remove food bits and particles that wouldn’t have been removed with your toothbrush. It also helps to fight back against gum disease too.
Going Deeper – Deep Cleaning Your Implants
If you want to do a deep clean for all 4 dental implants and your dentures, you’ll want to get your hands on a water pick or a rubber tip scrubby that you can use to clean a little more forcefully.
You’ll also want to make sure that you scrub your tongue. All kinds of germs and bacteria can jump from your tongue to your gums and even penetrate your jawbone when you’ve had dental implants installed.
As far as getting your hands on an electric toothbrush is concerned, that’s not a bad move to make, either.
Oral-BⓇ and a handful of other manufacturers make great electric toothbrush cleaning aids you can pick up without spending a lot of money. That’s the way to go for sure!
Rinsing Your Mouth
Finally, it’s never a bad idea to rinse your mouth out with salt water every now and again – or a high-quality mouthwash.
This will help clean your teeth, your tongue, and the entirety of your mouth (for that matter). Swish the mouthwash around for at least 30 seconds before spitting it out, and you’ll have killed off quite a bit of bacteria that could have caused trouble for your new smile.
Get Regular Cleanings Done By Qualified Dentists
Of course, we always recommend that you also have your dental posts and dentures cleaned deeply (at least twice a year) by a dentist you have a great relationship with. Sometimes, all-on-4 implant cleanings are done before a CBCT scan to make sure the mouth is clean of debris. This will go a long way towards protecting your dentures and oral health.
These kinds of implant cleaning sessions often only take 30 minutes or so. But you should be able to add years of life to your implant installation with this approach.
A quick brush to get rid of any food debris (anything else collected on your bridge) before a dental cleaning is a good idea. But they will handle the bulk of the heavy lifting of restoring and refreshing your smile for you!
For more information about these kinds of services, or anything else with your smile health and cleaning protocols to keep your implant set up looking great (and staying healthy), please don’t hesitate to contact us today.
Our staff here at Novato Oral Surgery are always happy to help you achieve your goal of a perfect smile in any way we can!