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When dental implants first came into use in the oral healthcare industry, over 2 decades ago they were primarily used to replace only one missing tooth. Over the years, dental implant technology and techniques have continued to evolve. Now dental implants can also be used to create anchor points to secure your dentures in place. By including your denture implants and locking hardware in your oral hygiene routine, you help to insure they will serve you for a long time to come.

Even though the titanium abutments of your denture implants are made from materials that are not vulnerable to tooth decay, they will still need to be a part of your oral hygiene routine. Plaque and food particles can still build up on the denture implants. If they are not cleaned away they can easily harden into tartar at the gum line, which is the primary cause of gum disease. Advanced gum disease, known as periodontitis, can injure one or more of the abutments that secure your denture anchors.

When you take your dentures out at night you should brush them with a soft bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste. The dentures and locking hardware also need to be cleaned daily. This starts by rinsing them thoroughly, followed by lightly brushing them with nonabrasive toothpaste.

At your regular dental checkup, Dr. Kenneth M. Schweizer 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 Dr. Kenneth M. Schweizer know so he can address it.

If you have questions about the best way to maintain your denture implants, please feel free to call Dr. Kenneth M. Schweizer at 941-256-2488 to schedule an appointment.