Implant-Supported Dentures: Maintenance and Care

Implant-supported dentures represent a revolutionary leap forward in dental restoration, offering a secure, stable, and more natural-feeling solution compared to traditional dentures.

Unlike conventional dentures, which rest on the gums, implant-supported dentures are anchored directly to the jawbone through dental implants. This connection not only simulates the natural root structure of teeth, providing a stronger foundation, but also encourages bone preservation and enhances overall oral health.

Our maintenance program is designed to keep your dentures functioning at their best and help prevent any complications that may arise.

Maintenance Program

Our maintenance program is designed to ensure that your implant-supported dentures continue to function optimally and look their best.

For patients with natural teeth remaining, we recommend check-ups every six months or according to the maintenance frequency for the remaining teeth. This schedule is crucial not only for the upkeep of the dentures themselves but also for the health of the remaining teeth and gums.

Our program includes a thorough cleaning once a year, where we remove the denture and clean the hard-to-reach areas that may be overlooked during regular home cleaning. We will also replace the screws that secure the denture to the implants every other year, an essential step in preventing wear and tear that could compromise the stability of your dentures.

Once a year, we will measure the gum tissue around the implants to make sure the gums are healthy and free of any inflammation or infection. We will also evaluate the implant itself to ensure it remains stable in the bone and has not loosened over time.

By carefully monitoring the health of your implants, we can identify any potential issues early on and take proactive measures to address them before they become bigger problems.

How to Properly Clean Your Implant-Supported Dentures

In addition to our maintenance program, proper oral hygiene and daily care of your implant-supported dentures is crucial for their longevity. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean both the inner and outer surfaces of abutment pillars and surrounding gums using short horizontal movements.
  • Pay special attention to the back teeth on both sides, using short horizontal movements to clean the far side thoroughly.
  • Use a proxabrush to clean any spaces between abutment pillars or gaps between the root tips of dentures, bridges, or bars. This brush should fit through the space with some resistance, and you should push it through multiple times at different angles.
  • While brushing, make sure to place the toothbrush against your gums and use a dragging-rotating motion up to the chewing surfaces of your teeth. Focus on small sections throughout your mouth. On the inner side of the front teeth, hold the brush vertically and draw up towards the biting edges of your teeth. If possible, hold the brush horizontally.
  • Use floss in areas where the denture or bridge touches the gum tissue, moving back and forth several times. You can use a floss threader to help guide the floss through any tight spaces. A water flosser is also very effective for eliminating food particles around the gumline.  
  • Finish by rinsing your mouth thoroughly with water.

Daily Care for Implant-Supported Dentures

  • Remove and clean your dentures at least twice a day, preferably after meals.
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste to gently brush the dentures. Be careful not to apply too much pressure, as this could damage the surface of the dentures.
  • Avoid using harsh or abrasive cleaners, as these can also damage the dentures.
  • Make sure to clean any attachments or metal components of your implant-supported dentures as well, using the same gentle brushing techniques.
  • When not in use, store your dentures in a glass of water or a denture cleaning solution. This will help prevent them from drying out and becoming brittle.

By following these simple steps and regularly attending check-ups, you can maintain the health and longevity of your implant-supported dentures. Remember to always consult with your dentist if you have any concerns or notice any changes in your oral health. Proper maintenance and care will ensure that your implant-supported dentures continue to function and look their best for many years to come.

Dental Implants Highlands Ranch

Our team of experienced dental professionals at Highlands Ranch Periodontics and Implant Center is dedicated to providing the highest quality care for our patients. We specialize in a range of restorative and periodontal services, including implant-supported dentures.

If you are interested in learning more about implant-supported dentures or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact us today. Let us help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile that you can confidently show off. We look forward to being your partners in oral health care.

If you are searching for the ‘best periodontist near me’ or ‘a ‘dental implant periodontist near me,’ trust Dr. Mike Norouzinia, DDS, and Dr. Kerri Font, DDS, at Highlands Ranch Periodontics & Implant Center. Call (303) 683-1144 to book an appointment, or complete the online booking form.

FAQs About Implant-Supported Dentures

How long do implant-supported dentures last?

With proper care and maintenance, implant-supported dentures can last 10-15 years or longer.

Can you sleep with implant dentures?

Implant-supported dentures are fixed and cannot be removed. So yes, you can sleep with implant-supported dentures. But since you can’t remove them, it is very important to follow the maintenance plan established by your dentist or prosthodontist.

Does food get under denture implants?

It is possible for food to get under denture implants, especially if they are not properly cleaned after meals. This can lead to bacteria buildup and potential gum irritation or infection. It is important to thoroughly clean the implant-supported dentures after eating to prevent this from happening.

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