Implant-supported dentures provide individuals with substantial tooth loss with a long-term replacement option. However, it is important to know how to properly care for implant-supported dentures to ensure that they do not need to be repaired or replaced sooner than necessary.
Caring for implant-supported dentures
In many ways, caring for implant-supported dentures is the same as caring for natural teeth, and it is important to have a good daily care routine. The following are four care techniques to ensure that implant-supported dentures last for well over a decade without needing to be replaced.
Practice good oral hygiene
First and foremost, it is important to practice good oral hygiene when caring for implant-supported dentures. Good oral hygiene starts with a regular brushing routine, and it is important to brush at least twice a day, especially with implant-supported dentures. In addition, be sure to use mouthwash at least once a day.
By following a good oral hygiene routine, you can minimize the risk of developing periodontal disease, which could potentially damage the implants. Brushing works to remove bacteria from the surface of the gums and mouthwash helps to kill any remaining bacteria in hard to reach areas.
Clean your dentures daily
In the same way that it is important to clean your natural teeth, it is equally important to keep your dentures clean as well. Be sure to talk to your cosmetic dentist about the best denture-soaking solution to use and what procedure you should follow when cleaning your dentures on a daily basis.
It is important to clean your dentures regularly to prevent them from accumulating bacteria that can lead to gum damage. In addition, dentures may become stained when not properly cleaned on a regular basis, so be sure to keep your dentures healthy and attractive by practicing good cleaning techniques regularly.
Avoid harmful foods and drinks
While there are not many diet restrictions with implant-supported dentures, it is still important to limit the intake of foods and drinks that may increase the risk of periodontal diseases. Foods and drinks that are high in sugar, potato chips and alcohol are some examples of things to avoid. These items can cause an acid attack on the gums, which can lead to gum disease and recession.
In addition, simply sipping on water throughout the day can help wash away bacteria in the mouth and help patients avoid dry mouth, which helps to keep the gums and implant-supported dentures healthy. While it is okay to have sweets every once in a while, be sure to brush and use mouthwash afterward.
Visit the dentist regularly
Last but not least, it is vital to visit the dentist regularly to have your implant-supported dentures checked and ensure that good oral health is maintained. One of the main goals of implant-supported dentures is to ensure the health of your mouth overall.
A dentist can check for any oral health concerns and take prompt action to ensure that issues do not worsen and cause damage to the implants or dentures. While most of the care takes place at home, a dentist can help make sure that your implant-supported dentures last for years without any issues.
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