Securing your dentures to dental implants can be a life-changing decision. Compared to traditional dentures, your prosthetic teeth will have much greater stability and comfort. However, while you won’t have to worry about your dentures slipping out place when you’re speaking or eating, there are some things you need to be aware of after your procedure is complete.
Care For Them Properly
Most implant-retained dentures have special attachments that allow you to unlock and remove your dentures for nightly cleaning. Be sure to clean your dentures with the recommended products and don’t forget to clean around the attachments inside your mouth.
Get Regular Exams & X-Rays
Your dentist will need to follow up with you on a regular basis after you get your implant-retained dentures. This will likely include a series of x-rays to ensure that the implants, abutments and attachments are in the correct place. This will also allow the dentist to detect problems at their earliest and most fixable stage.
Know The Risks of Bar-Retained Dentures
Implant supported dentures can be bar-retained or ball-retained. If you have dentures that are secured with a bar, there are specific complications that you should be aware of. There needs to be a proper amount of space between the denture framework and the teeth to avoid the teeth becoming loose. In addition, the bar needs to be evenly balanced on each implant. Habits such as teeth clenching or grinding can disrupt the balance of the bar retainer and cause your dentures to fit poorly.
Dr. Wayne Suway is a talented implants dentist who knows how to help patients avoid overdenture failure. We always educate our patients carefully about what to expect during the procedure. However, it is critical that you understand how to care for your new dentures when you return home. Call our office today to learn more about implant retained dentures in Marietta!