Dental implants came into common use a little over twenty years ago. At first they were primarily used to replace a single lost tooth. As dental implant technology has continued to evolve it can now be used in a variety of other applications. As a result, they have become a very effective option for creating anchor points for denture implants.
While the anchor abutments, and hardware are not subject to tooth decay, they still need to be a part of your oral hygiene routine. Plaque and food particles can build up on the anchor points. If it hardens into tartar, it can lead to gum disease that could compromise the abutments that anchor your dentures and locking hardware.
Maintaining the dentures and hardware, involves rinsing and lightly brushing them with nonabrasive toothpaste when you take them out at night. You should also lightly brush the anchor points. When you are finished you can rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash to kill bacteria and freshen your breath.
Your twice-annual dental checkup, is very important. The dentist will inspect and clean the anchor points as well as monitor the health of your gums. It’s not uncommon for there to be a little wear and tear on the hardware or the dentures. If something is slightly out of alignment, let your dentist know so they can repair or replace it.
If you have questions about the best way to maintain your denture implants, please feel free to call us at 757.222.3737 to schedule an appointment.