Dental implants have been an oral treatment option for over twenty years. Initially they were used to replace a single lost tooth. As industry techniques and technology have continued to advance, they have started to come into use for a variety of other applications. Now they are also an effective option for creating anchor points for denture implants.
Even though the denture anchors and hardware are made from materials that are not subject to tooth decay, they still need to be included in your daily oral hygiene routine. If food particles and plaque are allowed to build up on the anchor points, it can harden into tartar. This can develop into gum disease which can, in time, weaken the bones that hold your anchor points in place.
Your new dentures and locking hardware need to be cleaned daily. This involves rinsing them thoroughly, and lightly brushing them with nonabrasive toothpaste. Once this is done you should lightly brush the anchor points to clean them of food particles and plaque.
At each dental checkup, your 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 941-256-2488 to schedule an appointment.