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When dental implants first appeared on the oral health care scene they were primarily used to replace a single missing tooth. Over the course of the past two decades, dental implant technology has continued to evolve. Now dental implants can be used also be used to create multiple anchor points to help lock your removable dentures in place.

Your new locking hardware and dentures, designed by Dr. Brett Riche are made from materials that are not subject to tooth decay. However, they will still need to be cleaned and maintained as part of an effective oral hygiene routine.  An inconsistent or inadequate oral hygiene routine promotes periodontal disease issues. In time this could weaken one of your denture anchors.

If plaque and residual food particles are not removed from the anchor points it can harden into tartar. This is the first step in the downward spiral of periodontal disease.

Make sure to thoroughly brush your dentures with a soft bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive denture polish when you take them out at night. The denture anchors and locking hardware should also be rinsed and brushed and thoroughly rinsed to remove plaque buildup.

Your twice-annual dental checkup with Dr. Brett Riche includes an inspection and cleaning of each denture anchor. At the same time, it’s natural for there to be a little wear and tear on the hardware or the dentures. If something is slightly out of alignment, or you’ve noticed some wear and tear, be sure to tell your dentist.

If you have questions about the best way to maintain your denture implants, you can always call The Dental Studio on 30th in Farmington, New Mexico at 505.592.0477 for a consultation.