5 Tips to Care for Your Implant Supported Dentures
After getting your new implant supported dentures, you must practice good oral hygiene to ensure full recovery and long-lasting results. Plaque can accumulate on the prosthetic teeth and gums, causing conditions such as bleeding gums, gingivitis, or periodontitis that may prolong healing and cause the implants to fail prematurely.
How to care for implant supported dentures
Dental implant dentists provide patients with comprehensive post-procedure guidelines to help them care for their oral health and keep their new smile attractive. The following tips for care and maintenance of implant supported dentures will help wearers ensure their new dentures stay appealing and last as long as possible.
1. Brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush
Dentists usually recommend brushing at least twice daily using a toothbrush with soft nylon bristles. This will remove the bacterial plaque that tends to form in the mouth. Both manual and electric toothbrushes can be used, but the bristles must be soft and pliable to clean the denture and all around the implants. Patients can use a nylon-coated interdental brush to reach the crevices and corners of the oral cavity.
If the dentures are removable, wearers can take them out and soak them in a denture cleaning solution. Brushes with metal wires can scratch the surface of the acrylic and should be avoided. Patients should also consider sticking with sensitive cleaning products that will not cause discomfort.
2. Avoid bad oral habits
As with natural teeth, patients must avoid careless and unhealthy habits to prevent damage to the dentures. This includes excessive drinking, smoking, ice chewing and opening hard substances with the teeth. These practices could cause premature failure of the implants or break the denture.
3. Perform daily flossing
Different types of dental floss exist on the market; some are created specifically for patients with implant supported dentures. Flossing daily is essential to prevent plaque accumulation. Patients can purchase a floss threader or a special floss with an inbuilt threader for cleaning around dentures.
Oral irrigators are another option. A water-based flosser is an excellent alternative for reducing plaque buildup in patients using implant-retained dentures. Oral irrigators are safe, effective, and usually come with special tips for cleaning around dental implants.
4. Use gum stimulators
Conventional rubber-tipped gum stimulators are popular among patients with implant-based prosthetics. Bone resorption, often due to a lack of stimulation, is a common problem among denture wearers. Stimulators help to improve gum tissue health by promoting blood circulation and oxygen to the area. They also massage the gums to reduce bleeding and inflammation.
5. Maintain regular dental visits
It is vital that every individual, whether they use dentures or not, visit the dentist regularly. Patients who have fixed implant-retained dentures need to visit their dentist to have the dentures removed and cleaned thoroughly. The same applies to those with removable dentures. During the checkup, the dentist will examine the condition of the patient’s oral cavity and ensure no problem poses a threat to the success of the prosthetics. If patients notice any strange symptoms such as pain or bleeding, they should not wait for their next appointment before calling the dentist.
Although implant supported dentures are designed to last for several years, this is only possible by taking excellent care of them. Our dental team is available to answer your questions and help you learn more about caring for your implants and implant dentures.
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