When dental implants first appeared on the oral health care scene they were primarily used to replace a single missing tooth. Over the course of the past two decades, dental implant technology has continued to evolve. Now dental implants can also be used in a variety of applications, including creating multiple anchor points to help lock your removable dentures in place.
Even though the dentures fitted by Lake City Family Dental Center, PA and the anchors and locking hardware are made from materials that are not vulnerable to the natural processes of bacterial in your mouth. They will still need to be cleaned and maintained as part of an effective oral hygiene routine.
If plaque is not removed from the anchor points it can harden into tartar. This promotes gum disease which can, weaken the bones that hold the titanium abutments in place.
When you take your dentures out at night you should brush them with a soft bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive denture polish. The denture anchors and locking hardware should also be rinsed and brushed.
During your regular dental checkup, Lake City Family Dental Center, PA will inspect and clean the anchor points of any hardened tartar. It’s natural 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 call Lake City Family Dental Center, PA at 386.752.1342 to schedule an appointment.