Many patients falsely believe that their dental implant supported denture doesn’t need to be cared for like real teeth. However, it’s important that you continue your daily at home hygiene routine and visit our office every six months for dental checkups and teeth cleanings. Even though your implant supported prosthetic teeth aren’t the natural ones you were born with, they are teeth you may be able to keep for the rest of your life. That’s why you need to continue caring for your implant retained denture. In this post, we’ll talk about how best to care for your denture supported by dental implants to ensure that you can keep your implant retained tooth replacement prosthetic as long as possible.
Necessity of Preventive Dental Checkups
Following the surgical placement of dental implants and the attachment of your dental restoration, you’ll need to return to your general dentist at least two times each year for dental checkups and teeth cleanings. During these visits, your dentist can carefully examine your replacement teeth and dental implants as well as the supportive oral structures. Our goal is help you maintain your implant denture as long as possible. With proper care, your tooth replacement prosthetic will last two decades or longer.
Caring for Your Smile at Home
In addition to your regular dental hygiene appointments, you need to maintain the optimal level of oral health at home. Implant supported dentures can be cared for just like natural teeth for the most part. You will need to brush your denture at least two times a day for at least two minutes at a time. While flossing is not necessarily possible, you may want to consider using a water flosser to clear plaque away from hard to access areas, especially between the gums and denture. You can also use antimicrobial mouth rinses to reduce the number of plaque producing oral bacteria.
Meet Dr. Lee
Your skilled Cambridge and Marietta oral surgeon, Jeff Lee, MS, MD, DMD, is proud to provide advanced surgical dental implant placement procedures. Dr. Lee will work in partnership with your dentist throughout this process to ensure a seamless tooth replacement process in our office and back into your general dentist’s practice. Following your dental implant placement and restoration, you’ll need to continue visiting your general dentist at least two times each year for checkups, but don’t forget, the Muskingum Valley Oral Surgery team is here to help you with any of your dental implant questions or concerns. Please don’t ever hesitate to give our team a call.