Cleaning Implant-Supported Dentures
Dental implants can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. An implant supported denture is one of the best ways to restore one or both arches of your mouth. Unlike a traditional denture, an implant supported denture is significantly more sturdy and is often more durable and will not slip around in your mouth. An implant supported denture is also more natural looking than traditional dentures.
Patients often lose teeth due to poor oral hygiene, certain medication, an accident, or even simply genetics. Periodontal disease is one factor that can lead to tooth loss and maintaining your oral health after implant placement is crucial to the success of your implant. If you have poor oral hygiene prior to implant placement, you may not even be considered a candidate for an implant. After implant placement, keeping your mouth clean and healthy is the best way to ensure that your implant lasts as long as possible!
Longevity of Implant Supported Dentures
A dental implant can easily last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance. Implant supported dentures are no different though it is important to keep in mind that no matter what type of restoration is used for your implant, it may need to be replaced eventually. The implant itself can be unaffected even if your crown or denture needs work or has to be replaced. Dental implants act as the root of a tooth and help support jaw bone structure and are generally protected from damage by the gum tissue and the bone which is why it is vital to brush and floss properly and regularly.
How do I care for my implant supported dentures?
- Home Care: Caring for your new denture is as simple as caring for natural teeth. It is important to brush your dentures at least twice a day with a soft bristled toothbrush and a non-abrasive toothpaste. The brushing not only helps remove debris and plaque buildup every day but it also helps stimulate blood flow to your gum tissue to keep it healthy and clean. A WaterPik is a great tool to help clear away debris and bacteria from under your denture. If your denture is removable, you will have an easier time with home care as he will be able to remove your denture to clean it. If your denture is fixed, your dentist will instruct you on how best to clean them but a WaterPik or floss and regular brushing is key!
- Professional Care: Maintaining regular visits to your dentist for professional cleanings is just as important if not more so when you have an implant supported denture. If your denture is not removable, your dentist will have to take it off for you so that your implants can be carefully cleaned individually by your dental hygienist. When your denture is out, it can be thoroughly cleaned as well. Most dentists may recommend that you have your implant supported denture professionally cleaned 3 to 4 times a year as opposed to twice a year as with natural teeth. Even patients with periodontal issues need more frequent cleanings and patients with implants are no different. During these visits, your dentist will be able to take x-rays of your implants to make sure that everything is healthy and working properly!