Denture implants, also known as removable implant-supported tooth replacements, represent a serious investment in your long term oral health and functionality. Taking proper care of the implanted anchors and the dentures will insure that they last for many years to come. Just like natural teeth and dental implants with crowns, the abutment anchors will require regular brushing.
Removing food particles, bacteria and plaque buildup on your dentures and anchoring hardware reduces the chances of developing periodontal disease on your anchors as well. When you go to bed at night you need to remove the dentures as well as any clips, anchor plate or bars. Give them a thorough rinse and brush away any stuck on food particles with a soft bristled toothbrush and a non-abrasive denture toothpaste. This includes brushing the contours of the dentures themselves.
Be sure to use a toothpaste or denture toothpaste that has earned the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. This seal represents that the ADA has research and tested it to be safe and effective.
Regular dental checkups are also very important to maintaining your denture implants. Over time clips, anchor plates, bars and other anchoring hardware are subject to wear and tear. Anchor abutments can become slightly misaligned and need minor adjustments.
Your dentist can spot these things, or take routine X-rays to monitor the situation so you can have the minor adjustments and replacement hardware to maintain full functionality of your dentures and the anchors.
If you have any questions about the best way to maintain your denture implants, please feel free to give us a call at 916.985.2550 to schedule an appointment.