If you’ve recently gotten all-on-4 dental implants, your dentist probably recommended them to improve your oral health. New implants aren’t the final solution, though. You’ll need to keep them well cleaned and maintained if you want them to last a lifetime. But how exactly do you clean all-on-4 implants?
Cleaning all-on-four dental implants means taking care of your entire mouth. By flossing, brushing, and rinsing all parts of your mouth you’ll avoid swelling, inflammation, discoloration, bleeding, and pain under the implant. Therefore, it’s crucial that you maintain good dental health.
In this quick guide, we’ll explain why it’s important to regularly clean your all-on-4 dental implants, introduce you to the tools you’ll need to get the job done, and walk you through how to clean your implant. Let’s get started!
Why Cleaning All-On-4 Implants Matters
Just as people clean their natural teeth, taking care of your new implant will help protect your mouth from bacteria and gum disease. For example, after a meal, it’s normal for some food debris to get trapped under the dentures. For this reason, proper care can prevent germs from building up in your mouth, leading to infections and disease.
Symptoms Of A Failed Denture
- Halitosis (bad breath) and a foul taste in your mouth
- Swollen and discolored gums
- Intense pain in your gums
- Pusey and bleeding gums
- Inflammation and infection
If you are suffering from these symptoms, give our staff a call at Fairfield Oral Surgery. Our professional dentists will administer X-rays or a CBCT scan to inspect your gum line, jaw bone, and teeth and then provide the best service possible.
Tools You Will Need To Clean Your Dental Implants
You will need more than just a standard brush to clean your all-on-4 dental implants. You can ask your dentist for the best recommendation or find them at your nearest pharmacy. These tools will help you reach the small crevices around your mouth to clean germs from your teeth and implant dentures:
- Oral-BⓇ Super Floss – A super-thick variety of dental floss that can capture more food debris from your gum line
- An irrigation tool or water pick – A water sprayer that helps dislodge debris from the gum crevice
- Mouthwash – Any rinsing product to wash away residual particulate matter after flossing
Brushes and Scrubbers
- A small-headed toothbrush – A smaller head will allow you to reach tighter corners in your mouth
- An electric toothbrush – Automate the process by switching to a quality electric toothbrush
- A proxy or tuft brush to reach the tight spots where your implant bridge meets your gum opening
- A rubber tip gum stimulator for cleaning the dental bridge
Although it may seem like more than you need, with these cleaning aids, you’ll be able to reach every nook and cranny of your dental implants, guaranteeing that you won’t have a problem with them in the future.
How To Clean All-on-4 Implants
Cleaning your dental implants will take some time but it’s worth the effort. Follow each step methodically to ensure that you have the best oral hygiene.
First Clean Away Any Debris
Start by using a toothpick, end tuft brush, or proxy brush to clear away any food that’s become lodged in your dental implants, bridges, or dentures. A rubber bit will also help during this process.
Use your super floss to clean away debris that’s become stuck between the teeth of your denture. We recommend flossing at least once a day to prevent germs and tartar from building on your implants.
After clearing away large food particles, begin brushing using a soft bristle brush. Try to keep your brushing close to the edges of your gum line. If you can, invest in an electric brush, which will be more efficient than a standard brush.
Clean Your Tongue
Just because you have cleaned your teeth and dental implants, it doesn’t mean you’re finished. Your tongue can also harbor large amounts of bacteria. Brush and scrape it clean to fully clear away built-up bacteria.
Rinse With Mouthwash
After scrubbing your tongue, you’ll need to rinse away everything you’ve scraped up. Use a non-alcoholic mouthwash to clear away the last remaining particles of food and bacteria.
Even with a stringent brushing and flossing regime, you should still schedule biannual appointments with a dentist to check your dental implants.
All-on-4 dental implants are a life-long investment in your smile. Make sure they last by keeping them clean and having a regular check-up. You can schedule a visit with our trained and professional staff here at Fairfield Oral Surgery, where we’ll provide you with the best treatment possible.