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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.

The dentures provided by Dr. Lida M. Vargas, along with the anchors and locking hardware, 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.

If plaque and residual food particles are not removed from the anchor points, they can harden into tartar. This promotes gum disease, which can weaken the bones that hold the titanium abutments in place.

When you take your dentures out at night, you should brush them with a soft bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive denture polish. The denture anchors and locking hardware should also be rinsed and brushed.

Your twice-annual dental checkup with Dr. Lida M. Vargas will inspect and clean the anchor points of any tartar. 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, tell Dr. Lida M. Vargas so she can repair or replace it.

If you have questions about the best way to maintain your denture implants, you should call Dr. Lida M. Vargas at 703-385-3800 to schedule an appointment.