4 Tips for Caring for Your Implant Supported Dentures

Implant Supported Dentures Lubbock, TX

Implant supported dentures give you a more convenient option than conventional dentures that preserve bone tissues in your jaw. Dentures are the most economical way to replace missing teeth, so they are often recommended for patients who have lost most or all of their teeth.

However, dentures come with some major drawbacks like their framework feeling unnatural in the wearer’s mouth and the appliance constantly moving in the mouth, irritating soft tissues, and causing sores.

In a perfect world, implants would be the go-to solution for missing teeth since they provide bone preserving benefits other options like bridges and dentures do not. Unfortunately, implants are the priciest solution for missing teeth, and the cost of replacing a complete set of teeth with them would be too high for most people.

Implant-supported dentures give patients the best of both worlds by attaching dentures to implants. The patient gets the bone preserving properties of implants and artificial replacements for their missing teeth. Anywhere from two to six implants per dental arch can be used to secure implants.

Taking care of your implant-supported dentures

Just as is the case with natural teeth, implant-supported dentures need to be carefully cleaned daily to increase their longevity. Not properly cleaning the appliance leads to plaque building up at the base of the artificial teeth, leading to gum disease. Gum disease has been linked to a range of other issues, and it can lead to implant failure if the infection reaches the prosthesis.

The artificial teeth that make up the patient’s dentures will also pick up stains and discoloration faster when not cleaned regularly.

Here are some tips that will help you to get the most out of implant-supported dentures:

1. Brush with a toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste

Implant-supported dentures can be cleaned by gently brushing them with a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste. This helps to get rid of the biofilm that builds up on the appliance and promotes tooth decay. Brushing also helps to remove some stains that form on the artificial teeth.

2. Use a water flosser with an implant brush

A water flosser helps to clean hard-to-reach areas like the places gum tissues and the restoration meet. Some of these flossers come with tiny brushes that are designed specifically for cleaning implants. Using a water flosser and cleaning the implants with the brush prevents plaque and tartar buildup around the implant.

3. Soak in denture solution if applicable

Implant-supported dentures can be removable or fixed devices. The removable variety needs to be soaked in denture solution overnight to disinfect them and keep them soft.

4. Get professional cleaning services from an implant specialist

Biannual dental appointments give a dentist a chance to evaluate implants and restorations attached to them so developing issues can be addressed. The dentist will clean the appliance and examine the patient’s gum tissues, looking for signs of gum disease.

Replace your missing teeth

Implant-supported dentures might be the right option for you if you have lost most of your teeth. Call or visit our Lubbock clinic to set up an appointment with our implant specialist.

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