Importance Of Cleaning Your Dentures & All On 4 Implants
Did you know that it is extremely important to clean and maintain All On 4 Dental Implants and Removable Dentures? Neglecting proper home care and failing to schedule regular cleanings with your dentist can cause damage to your oral and overall health. Good oral hygiene will help ensure that your All On 4 dental implants or dentures look, feel and perform at their very best! At Keith + Associates we are committed to helping you maintain your prothesis and guide you with the correct home care regimen.
What Are All On 4 Dental Implants?
All On 4 dental implants are an efficient and permanent way to replace multiple missing teeth that restore a brand new smile. The prosthesis is attached to four or more implants that are placed strategically throughout the mouth. During your recovery, your implants will slowly fuse with your jawbone to give your prosthesis a stable foundation that lasts a lifetime!
All On 4 implants allows us to provide the same stimulation as natural teeth, prevent the loss of bone density and to help maintain the strength of the jawbone. This revolutionary concept provides patients with stable, fully functioning teeth. If you have suffered significant tooth loss and are considering tooth replacement options, talk to a dentist at Keith + Associates about getting All On 4 implants. They will guide you through the process and help you make the right decision!
Cleaning All On 4 Dental Implants
It is crucial that each All On 4 patient takes proper care of their prothesis. This type of investment is life changing and keeping up with your home care can extend the longevity of your implants. Cleaning your implants will get rid of food debris, prevent inflammation, eliminate any bacteria and prevent bacteria from forming and disturbing your implants. To ensure the best care for your implants, our team highly suggests the following dental tools and steps:
- Use an electric toothbrush with nonabrasive toothpaste for effective cleaning. This is much better than a regular, manual toothbrush! Remember to brush at least twice a day or after every meal to keep your implants nice and clean.
- Use super floss twice a day for cleaning between the gums and your implant supported denture. It is important to use super floss to remove any food or debris to avoid bacteria build up. Oral B is a great brand for super floss.
- Utilize a proxy brush to reach difficult spaces between your implant-supported denture and the gumline. You can dip your proxy brush into non-alcohol mouth rinse for the best results, we recommend using your proxy brush at least twice a day.
- A Waterpik or water flosser is great and effective to use when you are unable to use floss.
- A rubber tip is perfect for polishing and removing plaque from the bridge surface and under and around the bridge.
- An end tuft brush is small enough to reach difficult areas like the intersection of the implant supported denture and the gums.
All On 4 daily maintenance and cleaning is a very important part of preserving your dental health. Keeping up with your at-home care also gives you a chance to salvage your teeth and ensure that your implants work efficiently and correctly. Not only is home care important, but visiting your dentist every 6 months will help prevent disease and implant failure. During your visit at Keith + Associates our hygienists take the time to clean and polish your implant-supported denture, check for inflammation, record pocket depths, take necessary x-rays, go over your at-home care routine, and review any changes with you and your doctor. In some cases, your implant supported denture may need to be removed by your doctor to properly clean, inspect and replace the screws for a tighter, more secure fit.
What Are Removable Dentures?
Usually, dentures are used to replace missing teeth due to injury, aging, decay and medical conditions. Since dentures are supported by the gum tissues and the jawbone, they will wear overtime and will need to be replaced or relined. Unlike All On 4 dental implants, dentures are removable which allows to patient to wear them at free will. Most dentures are made of acrylic and can be fabricated in different ways:
- Conventional Dentures are made after all teeth have been extracted and the gum tissues has been healed. Your dentist will take impressions of your mouth to customize the size of the denture.
- Immediate dentures are pre-made for immediate restoration and the gum tissue heals under the denture.
- An upper denture has flesh colored, acrylic that covers the roof of the mouth.
- A lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to allow room for the patient’s tongue.
Cleaning Removable Dentures
Cleaning your dentures requires everyday care and regular checkups with your dentist. Failing to clean your dentures daily may result in harmful fungal infections, mouth sores, and cosmetic changes. Our team wants to make sure you are following the correct steps to ensure the best possible care for your dentures and oral health. Check out these necessary and essential steps below:
- Rinse your denture under cool water after each meal to remove loose food debris. Avoid excessively hot water as that may cause the denture to warp and not fit properly.
- Brush dentures daily with a soft toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste. Don’t forget to brush the inside of your mouth including gums, tongue and the top of your mouth!
- Use denture cleaner to help remove food particles, stains and bacteria. You can also soak your dentures in the cleaner.
- At night, soak your dentures in a glass of clean water. Taking your dentures out will give your mouth a much needed break.
- After soaking, be sure to rinse thoroughly under water before reinserting into the mouth. Mouthwash may be used after rinsing with water to give a fresh taste and feeling.
Make sure you are scheduling visits every 6-12 months with your dentist if you wear removable dentures. Our team will thoroughly clean your dentures to remove any debris or biofilm that grows on dentures. We will also take a look into your home care routine to make sure you are following the right steps. Because dentures are not fixed into your mouth or jaw, your gum tissue will change, and bone loss can occur. Your doctor will eventually have to realign or fabricate a new denture to fit better.
At Keith + Associates we are dedicated to your oral health and prolonging the life of your prothesis. Making a big investment in your mouth requires care, maintenance and responsibility! We understand this can be a lot of information to take in, so if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please reach out to our office at 913-384-0044 to speak with one of our team members. Our doctors and hygienists will gladly take the time to go through the necessary steps to care for your prothesis and guide you through your at-home care routine. We will also help you find affordable dental tools and products that fit within your budget and health needs. We are here for you every step of the way of your oral health journey and can’t wait to see you in our office soon!