All on 4 Implants – Replace Your Teeth in a Day

Losing a single tooth is not a big deal for dental implant surgeons. The implant surgery for such cases is a relatively short outpatient procedure, i.e. the patient returns home the same day and is able to carry on with his or her normal daily routine. But what about edentulous people, those who are missing a whole set of teeth due to a gum disease or another detrimental health condition?

The All-on-4 procedure is an advanced technique in dental implantology. As the name suggests, it means that the entire set of lost teeth is replaced with a whole new prosthesis connected to the jawbone with four implants. The number of teeth supported is up to 14, and the surgery itself is also an outpatient procedure which lasts several hours, even in cases when both arches need to be fixed with it.

This technique saves much time for the surgeon and other staff, and allows the patients to recover much faster than they would need to if multiple surgeries were carried out. Thanks to ease of the procedure and the fact that only four implants can support for an entire arch, the financial saving is substantial.

The quality of living of edentulous people is highly deteriorated. They are unable to eat many foods, and often avoid appearance in public since they feel ashamed due to the lack of teeth. For them, the all-on-4 technique is like a magic wand: it’s fast, convenient, relatively inexpensive, and most importantly, resolves their dental issues entirely.

Edentulism is usually accompanied by other oral health issues. The lack of teeth speeds up deterioration of gums and other tissues in oral cavity, even if they were healthy when the teeth started to fall off. While some cheaper prosthetic solutions like dentures can improve the patient’s life quality a bit, these can’t help with the oral health. In fact, dentures can easily even speed up  further oral deterioration, especially when used inappropriately.

On the day of the surgery , the patient receives his or her implants and a temporary set of teeth. These teeth have a primary function to support for osseointegration and recovery. Several months afterwards, when osseointegration proves to be complete, these temporary, acrylic teeth are replaced with permanent ones made of titanium.

Once you get the permanent set(s) of teeth using your All-on-4 implants, you will be able to recover the quality of life and oral habits just as it was back in time you had all natural teeth.

How to Clean Your Braces at Home

Despite being made to align teeth in a way which improves form and function, the presence of fixed braces in your mouth requires a greater amount of oral care and hygiene. Generally, patients with braces should go to in-clinic cleaning once every three months, but the home care needs to change as well.

You need to know that the metal parts of your brace can cause collection of plaque, which in the long term causes cavities and teeth deterioration. Your food can be stuck between the wires and the teeth, and it’s a real feast for pathogenic germs which will lead to gum or tooth diseases. This is why you need to brush your teeth after every single meal and do it thoroughly, just to make sure there’s no trapped food.

The general advice for brushing can be called “soft brush hard”. That means you use a very soft brush, and apply more pressure than you did before braces. Brushing is done in the morning, evening and after every meal. Foods that can get stuck between the braces include meat, bread and dough, nuts, as well as some fruits and vegetables. After such meals you should pay a closer attention and dedicate more time to brushing.

Flossing is even more important when you have fixed braces. Of course’ there’s a question – how? You need to floss the tooth between the gum and the brace wire, which would normally require high levels of skill. Luckily, you can buy a floss threader which will help you put the floss in the gap between two adjacent teeth and the wire. Your dentist will explain detains on how to thread your floss under the braces. The beginning may be hard, but you will quickly develop the skill.

You can substitute floss with interdental brushes, these require less skill, and will save much time. You use them for the same places, these brushes are thing enough to get everywhere a floss gets, though back teeth may still be hard to reach. You can keep flossing these anyway.

Mouthwash is also important, in fact, it’s very important. You use mouthwash with antibacterial properties to prevent gum inflammation. Mouthwashes can reach to tiny holes which no mechanic device is able to reach, and kills off most germs. If you rinse intensively, you’ll be able to remove the remaining stuck food which survived brushing and flossing.