Cleaning Implant Supported Dentures

Different types of dentures need to be cleaned and cared for in different ways. The cleaning process for implant-supported dentures, for instance, is different than that of traditional dentures.

Below is more information about what implant-supported dentures are, cleaning implant-supported dentures, and how long you should expect your implant-supported dentures to last (if you take proper care of them).

Implant-Supported Dentures

Implant-supported dentures provide similar functionality to traditional dentures with additional security. While traditional dentures rest on the gums and shift around, implant-supported dentures are firm in place. This allows you to bite, chew, and speak without worrying about your dentures.

Cleaning Implant-Supported Dentures and Caring for Them

In order to care for your implant-supported dentures, you should treat them similarly to your natural teeth. Brush them every day when you brush your healthy teeth. If you have snap-in dentures, remove them at night and thoroughly clean them like you would with traditional dentures.

Visiting your dentist for cleanings and checkups is important—especially if you still have a natural row of teeth. During this time your dentist can check your dentures for wear and/or damage. If there are any issues with the abutments or attachments, they can be addressed. They will also check your gums and jawbone.

Another factor you should consider is what you eat. While you can eat many of your favorite foods—just like with natural teeth—some foods can harm your teeth. You also don’t want to chew on hard objects.

Longevity of Implant-Supported Dentures

If you take proper care of your implant-supported dentures, they will last a long time—often decades. With that said, your dentist may need to swap out the prosthetic portion every 10 to 20 years. The better you take care of them, the longer they will last!

The implant portion of the dentures should last a lifetime. With that said, your dentist will check on them during regular checkups to make sure they are positioned correctly.

Are Implant-Supported Dentures Right for Me?

You may or may not be a candidate for implant-supported dentures. A major factor for many patients is cost and insurance coverage. Implant-supported dentures are more expensive than traditional dentures. On top of that, if additional procedures are required, the cost may be even higher. Your insurance may cover a portion of the procedure and you may be a candidate for financing, though.

Another factor is the health of your gums and jawbone. Your jawbone integrity is important when it comes to the placement of implants. If your jawbone isn’t strong enough, you’ll need a bone graft (if that option is available). This will take additional time and money.

Reach Out Today

To see if you are a candidate for implant-supported dentures, reach out today to schedule an examination and consultation. If you currently have implant-supported dentures and would like cleaning tips, contact us. We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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