Caring For Snap-In Dentures
When you have Snap-In Dentures, you need to take the proper steps to maintain good oral health, prevent implant failure, and help your tooth replacements last as long as possible. Here are some care tips that will help:
By properly inserting your Snap-In Dentures, you can prevent them from becoming warped, breaking, or wearing out prematurely. To insert the Snap-In Dentures, carefully place them in your mouth and wiggle it back and forth until you feel the rubber washers align with the dental implants. Then, carefully push the appliance into place along the arch. You should hear a snap when the two pieces engage correctly. To ensure they’re secure, give them a gentle tug. If anything feels off, it means they aren’t placed properly.
We encourage you not to pop the dental prosthetics in your mouth and bite down once you find the right position. This can lead to warping and may damage the denture—especially because the denture is made of acrylic, which isn’t durable if you’re too forceful.
Keeping your prosthetics and implants clean is one of the best ways to prevent bad breath and gum disease and help them last as long as possible. To clean them, remove and brush them with a denture brush and unscented antibacterial soap and water at the end of the day. Make sure to gently scrub the rubber washers too.
Once you’re done cleaning, place them in a cup of water overnight. Then, gently brush your gums and tongue using a soft-bristle toothbrush and toothpaste to remove any remaining bacteria from your mouth. Using a water flosser around the implant site is also important to keep the area clean. This will help keep your breath fresh and your gum disease-free. In the morning, brush your gums and tongue again before placing your oral prosthesis back in your mouth.
In addition to daily cleaning, we recommend letting your dental appliances soak overnight in a denture-cleaning solution once or twice weekly. This will help remove any remaining bacteria you might have missed when brushing them.
Snap-In Dentures aren’t a set-it-and-forget-it type of procedure. They will require maintenance and adjustments throughout the year to ensure they function properly. We will need to replace the rubber o-rings every few months and professionally clean the prosthetics. We will also check your dental implants to ensure they are healthy and functioning properly. Dr. Strober will inform you how frequently you should visit our office for maintenance.