Just as you must take care of your natural teeth every day for optimal oral health, you also need to care for your implant supported dentures. Implant supported dentures require a commitment to oral hygiene to ensure excellent oral health and prolong their lifespan. The maintenance requirement is not complicated and the dentist will provide necessary instructions on how to properly care for your new dental implant dentures.
Caring for implant supported dentures
Getting implant dentures took many months of dental appointments, healing and procedures, so it is normal to want to keep them functional and good-looking for a long time. The following explains how to care for implant dentures properly.
With implant dentures, patients can choose between removable and fixed prostheses. Those who have removable dentures must take them out daily for thorough cleaning. Since the denture plant is connected to the implants embedded in the jawbone, it is necessary to remove all detachable appliances and clean them with a denture cleaning solution. Wearers must clean around the gum tissues and the attachments carefully, preferably in the morning and at night.
For fixed prosthesis, patients must brush their mouth like they have natural teeth. During a routine dental checkup, the dentist will remove the fixed implant dentures for professional cleaning. Regular cleaning helps to keep the mouth free of bacteria that may cause infections in the mouth. Infections can cause complications with the implants, which may require extensive dental procedures to restore oral health.
Soak them overnight
It is not advisable that patients sleep with dentures in their mouth. Otherwise, it could cause infections, denture deformation or other complications. Removable implant dentures should be kept in water or denture solution over the night to keep them hydrated. A deformed denture needs to be adjusted by the dentist during a checkup.
Keep up with dental appointments
Regular dental appointments are important after getting implant supported dentures. The general dentist will use the appointment to examine the dentures and oral cavity (including the gum tissues) to ensure there is no infection. Patients can use the opportunity to discuss with the dentist about fitting and discomfort they may have noticed while wearing the denture.
The dentist will also check the abutment or attachment mechanism used to connect the dentures to the implants. Removing and replacing the dentures every day will wear out the abutment and eventually necessitate replacement. Patients may notice the looseness, but they must talk to the dentist about necessary adjustments.
Implant supported dentures may be more stable and durable than regular dentures, but they are still susceptible to damage. Patients will be able to enjoy their favorite meals, but they must wary of extremely hard and sticky foods that can damage the dentures.
With proper care and maintenance, implant supported dentures can last for many years and stay functional, comfortable and attractive. They are more reliable and stable than regular dentures, and therefore provide more confidence, especially during social interactions. If you notice any sign of problem or irritation, visit the dentist as soon as possible.
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