After getting your implant-supported dentures, you might notice your dentist uses special tools to clean them and the areas around them. This often raises questions for patients: What is the best way to make sure these implants stay clean, and how can it be done at home?
Implant-supported dentures differ from conventional “complete dentures” since they are fully anchored to the jaw bone by special titanium implants. This helps ensure that they are strong, secure, and steady. Unlike complete dentures, they cannot be removed for cleaning.
Brushing and flossing your teeth are still important when you have implant-supported dentures. That said, implants also differ from your natural teeth. To clean them effectively between dentist visits, there are some special techniques you should know about.
Cleaning Your Implant-Supported Dentures at Home: What to Know
When maintaining your dentures, the basic concerns are the same as with natural teeth: After you eat, biofilm accumulates on the artificial teeth. This biofilm hardens into plaque, which can cause decay. Brushing is, as always, the first step to disrupting this accumulation.
Cleaning carefully around implants is essential. If bacteria is allowed to collect around implants, it can result in profound inflammation of the surrounding soft tissue. This reaction is more severe than with natural teeth and can cause bone loss within a very short time.
Here’s how to care for your dentures:
When brushing around implants, it’s vital to use a soft toothbrush. Implants should be brushed at least twice daily, taking care not to brush too hard. Electric brushes can be used, but manual brushing reduces the likelihood of irritation.
Implant-specific floss is available for implant-supported denture users. Unwaxed dental tape can also be appropriate. Many patients find that they can enhance their flossing results by using oral irrigators. A non-metal irrigation tip should be used once or twice daily.
Antibacterial mouth rinses are especially effective for patients with implant-supported dental work. This can be used to combat existing inflammation or as an adjunct to other methods when the patient has difficulty with flossing.
Interdental brushes and “soft picks” can improve cleaning between the teeth. An interdental brush is especially for cleaning areas between teeth where toothbrushes can’t reach. They should be used at least twice a day following regular brushing.
Professional Cleaning for Implant-Supported Dentures
No matter how diligent you are in the upkeep of your dentures, it’s still important for a dentist to clean them regularly. The dentist will choose a number of specialized tools for cleaning based on the current status of the dentures. They will also check on the health of the keratinized tissue that surrounds the dental implants, ensuring proper blood flow and other factors.
All in all, caring for implant-supported dentures is a bit more complex than caring for natural teeth. It is important to use the right combination of techniques to prevent nearby tissue inflammation and disrupt biofilm. Since more complications are possible than with natural teeth, it’s necessary to stay alert to symptoms that might otherwise go unnoticed.
A strong relationship with a dentist you can trust makes caring for implant-based dentures easier.
To Learn More About Implant-Supported Dentures, Visit Central Avenue Dental
At Central Avenue Dental, we’ve helped patients just like you achieve lasting dental health with implant-supported dental work. We believe in creating a caring, supportive environment and providing our patients with the tools they need for the smile they want.
If you’ve got questions or concerns about implant-supported dental work, don’t wait another day: Contact us now to set an appointment. We look forward to seeing you!