How to Care for All-on-4 Dental Implants

How-to-Care-for-All-on-4-Dental-ImplantsDental implants are the latest in dental restoration. The affordable cost of all-on-4 dental implants in Murrieta makes the procedure increasingly popular for patients looking for a permanent dental restoration solution.

When all requirements are met, this advanced technology can help patients who have one or multiple missing or failing teeth, in one arch or both arches, get their smile back, regardless of their age. But there is a small caveat: even top-quality dental implants last long only when proper care is applied. 

Caring for dental implants is essential to sustaining long-term beneficial outcomes of this innovative treatment and maintaining good oral health. The success and longevity of a patient’s dental implants and the preservation of their oral and dental health depend on it.

All implant specialists agree that, when it comes to proper dental implant care, two things are of vital importance: care immediately after the procedure and care in the long run. So how do you care for All-on-4 dental implants?

How do you take care of All-on-4 dental implants?

First, let’s discuss dental implants per se. Dental implant care is not much different from caring for one’s natural teeth. It involves:

  • Brushing after every meal at and below the gum line.
  • Using floss or an interdental brush to clean between adjacent teeth

Regular cleaning of a dental implant helps prevent plaque buildup which can lead to inflammation of the gums. If this condition is neglected, it can then lead to gum disease. Advanced dental-implant related gum disease can lead to implant loss. 

Namely, implant restoration has three components:

  • Dental implant
  • Abutment
  • Crown

It is essential for dental implant care to protect all of these parts. A doctor can help you decide which tooth brush to use. For the hard-to-reach areas surrounding the implant, it may be necessary to use an additional brush.

When it comes to all-on-4 dental implants to which a provisional or permanent bridge is attached, it is essential to take the following steps to ensure effective cleaning: 

  • Floss after every meal
  • Use a toothbrush recommended by a dental health professional 
  • Brush the tongue and cheeks
  • Use a water pick and alcohol-free anti-bacterial mouth rinse
  • Attend regular professional cleaning appointments (preferably 3-4 times a year)

What can you not do after getting All-on-4 dental implants?

Immediately after a dental implant procedure, it is important for a patient to avoid any hot or crunchy food for a couple of days. Patients should follow a soft diet, with a focus on oatmeal, yogurt, cottage cheese, mashed potatoes. After a few days, upon consultation with the oral surgeon, the patient can reinstate their regular diet.

Can I brush my teeth after All-on-4 dental implants?

Absolutely, in fact, brushing your teeth and otherwise caring for them like you would for your natural teeth is essential to maintaining beneficial long-term outcomes with All-on-4 dental implants.

How long before All-on-4 dental implants settle?

It can take from 3 to 12 months for dental implants to become fully integrated with the jawbone. At that point, the doctor removes the patient’s provisional dental bridge and attaches a permanent fixed dental bridge to the implants. This is the closest thing that the patient can have to natural teeth.

How-do-you-take-care-of-All-on-4-dental-implantsExplore the benefits of low-cost all-on-4 dental implants in Murrieta

You may be concerned about the costs of this advanced dental procedure and may be considering the more affordable but less reliable dental bridge instead. This is understandable. However, unlike individual dental implants which are placed on each missing tooth, All-on-4 dental implants are much more affordable by comparison as the patient will have 4 to 6 dental implants strategically placed in the arch. 

Our fully digitized workflow for this procedure enables us to give our patients a lasting solution and help them restore their smile and confidence. We also offer competitive pricing and a 100% satisfaction guarantee to our patients from Murrieta and other areas across Riverside County. Feel free to contact Temecula Facial Oral Surgery to have a free consultation about the procedure and our flexible payment options.