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FAQs

Hygiene is vital for the success of any implant therapy, whether for one implant or for All-On-4® implants. Working with our hygiene team is vital in ensuring the long term benefits of the treatment.

Regular hygiene check-ups can ensure your oral health is maintained and infections and diseases are prevented. Hygiene services are a preventative method that keep your smile happy and healthy – if regular check-ups are avoided, it could potentially lead to undiscovered infections, diseases or even undetected mouth cancer. The best way to avoid dental problems and maintain good oral hygiene is to go to your dentist regularly.

Typically, people brush and floss their teeth twice a day, which tackles the cleanliness and appearance of your teeth when you look in the mirror. However, what you are not seeing in the mirror requires the recommended twice a year hygienist visits to sustain your dental health and keep your whole mouth happy.

Depending on the level of oral hygiene, here at Ollie & Darsh, we recommend a check-up to be scheduled for every 3 to 6 months. This way we can always keep an eye on your oral health and use preventative care to eliminate diseases or infections.

Oral hygiene check-ups are just as important for implants as they are for teeth. Bacteria can accumulate around the implants which can lead to infections potentially threatening the success of the rehabilitation.

Smoking

Smokers are more likely to develop gum disease and at an earlier age. Research has found that smoking cigarettes more than doubled the rate of tooth loss for individuals and increased the chances of becoming completely toothless by 4 times.

Lack of Sleep

It has been proved that sleep deprivation is the second leading cause (after smoking) of gum related health issues. People that have 6 hours or less of restless sleep are more susceptible to gum disease due to pockets forming between gums and teeth, as well as destruction of the bone.

Pregnancy

A symptom of pregnancy that many people are unaware of is the softening of gums. This makes oral hygiene even more important than usual, as soft gums can be more susceptible to infection and plaque build-up. Infected and bleeding gums could result in damage to your teeth, so it’s recommended that pregnant women have regular dental check-ups to ensure any dental issues are dealt with as soon as possible.

Gum disease is a condition which affects the supporting structures around your teeth. It causes swelling of your gums. If left untreated, it can damage the bone and ligaments that hold your teeth in place.

Comprehensive oral rehabilitation is the elimination of dental disease and the reconstruction of damaged teeth. Treatments can include a complete examination, cleaning, fluoride application, full mouth x-rays, amalgam and composite restorations (fillings), endodontics, minor periodontal surgery, and extractions.

If you’ve had oral rehabilitation supported by implants, the interval between appointments will vary according to the scale of the rehabilitation. It will also depend on the level of oral hygiene that you have achieved at home.