Implant supported dentures can transform your smile and improve your quality of life. Dental implants are prosthetics embedded into the jawbone that function like the roots of teeth. When multiple dental implants are placed, they can support a full arch of replacement teeth (a denture). One popular method for anchoring dentures to implants is called All-on-4, which means that four strategically placed dental implants support a denture.
Following is helpful information on caring for implant supported dentures.
Cleaning Implant Supported Dentures
Removable implant supported dentures are cleaned outside of the mouth and can be soaked overnight. Implant supported dentures that are not removable can be brushed the same way one would brush biological teeth.
Beyond brushing, however, you will need to invest in some oral hygiene tools that clean the sections of your gums that your dentures lay on.
One great investment you can make in your oral hygiene toolkit is by purchasing a water irrigator. This tool emits a steady stream of water from a small, tapered nozzle. Water irrigators will flush the gingiva underneath your prosthetic teeth to keep it clear of debris.
Another tool you can use is a rubber-tipped gum stimulator. This tool is traced along the gum line to loosen debris from leftover food. Since implant supported dentures lie on top of the gums, it is easy for debris to collect at the gum line and just underneath dentures.
Keep Routine Dental Appointments
In addition to practicing meticulous oral hygiene, you should visit your dentist for routine checkups and cleanings. Even if you have prosthetic teeth, regular appointments are necessary for screening for conditions like gum disease and oral cancer. Since dental implants draw on bone for support, issues that affect your bone health could affect the stability of your dental implants.
Our oral surgeons are accepting new patients. If you have questions about dental implants, All-on-4, or would like to schedule a tooth replacement consultation, call Dallas Oral Surgery Associates to speak with a helpful member of our team.