How to clean All-on-4 dental implants
All-On-4 dental implants anchor a dental bridge to your jawbone and are an excellent solution for the problem of missing teeth. Depending on your situation, your dentist may suggest an All-on-4 implant as a better alternative to a traditional bridge, which often includes 4 or more implants being screwed in.
There is a very specific daily regime that needs to be followed when caring for and cleaning around dental implants. The gums around the dental implant or bridge need special attention as food particles can easily get trapped around the base where the bridge is attached.
Maintain your All-on-4 dental implants.
At Gentle Dental Care, we’ve come up with a simple yet very effective cleaning regime which will effectively maintain your All-on-4 dental implants.
Step 1 – Brushing
As with any other oral care routine, brushing twice a day is essential. Choose a good quality, soft-bristled manual or electric toothbrush and give all of your natural teeth and the bridge a good brush for 2 to 3 minutes. Make sure you brush in gentle, circular movements all the way up to the gum line.
Step 2 – Use a Waterpik®
Using a Waterpik® every day is an excellent way to clean hard-to-reach places. Described as being an oral irrigation tool, it even reaches right down to the gumline. Most dentists recommend using this tool at least once a day to remove food particles.
Step 3 – Use a rubber tip gum stimulator
Available from most chemists, stores and dentists, a rubber tip gum stimulator is an important instrument used to trace gently around your gumline. With bridges and implants, the crown or fake tooth is not as tightly knitted into the gum as is the case with natural teeth. Therefore, food debris can get stuck at the base of the gum, often causing infection. A rubber tip will gently remove any food particles that may get trapped.
This suggested routine may take a little bit more time every day, but maintaining excellent oral hygiene is key to a long and pain-free relationship with your All-on-4 dental implants. Get in touch with Gentle Dental Care today for more detailed information on how to clean your implants, or to schedule a free consultation.
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