What Are All-On-4 Dental Implants?
All-on-4 dental implants are the modern alternative to replacing those missing pearly whites. This technique is revolutionary as it allows patients needing dentures to receive replacement teeth that have the same natural-looking, highly functional aesthetics as dental implants. But, without the exhausting treatment times and lengthy recovery periods.
The elimination of these negative aspects comes from its unique design. The implant is constructed from titanium which provides a support structure to house the prosthetic teeth and mimics the root. The technique requires usually only 4 dental implants to be inserted hence the name all-on-4 dental implants.
The implants not only provide a permanent set of stable, durable replacement teeth but the process requires less involvement from the patient and is a lot faster than the alternative.
While all-on-4 dental implants are extremely durable it is important to keep them well maintained to ensure the longevity of your implant-supported teeth.
How to take care of your new teeth
Pain and discomfort can be solved by applying an ice pack or taking paracetamol. Be particularly vigilant with your fluid intake and make sure to take plenty of rest. Don’t be afraid to take a couple of sick days post-op as strenuous work and exercise can negatively impact the healing process so put your feet up and wait it out.
Your dentist will provide you with a course of antibiotics to get you through the initial recovery which will prevent the possibility of infection and aid recovery. Make sure you finish the whole course and rinse your mouth with medicated mouthwash twice a day.
Treat your implanted teeth the same way you would your natural teeth as all-on4 dental implants are just as prone to infection and bacterial build-up as your real ones. Brushing your implanted teeth, gently, and rinsing with mouthwash after each meal will significantly help to maintain healing and the longevity of the implant.
Your dentist will be able to provide you with special dental instruments and brushes such as angles brushes and gentile interdental brushes which are designed to clean different implants. These alternatives will get you to those hard to reach places with a softer touch and prevent damage to the implant.
Home maintenance is important, but we highly recommend that you see your dentist regularly to ensure your implants are looked after. Checks and cleaning sessions are imperative to eliminating complications or loosening of the implants. The dentist will be able to attend to tartar and plaque deposits unreachable by regular brushing and flossing.
Don’t let your teeth go untreated
Have you booked in a check-up? If you think you need a check-up or feel that all-on-4 dental implants might be necessary for you, call Prosmiles now on (03) 9077 9953 and let us take care of your teeth.