How to Maximize the Lifespan of Implant-Supported Dentures

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If you’re considering getting dentures from a denturist in Calgary, you’re going to be told about several different options and possibilities. They’ll range from partial to complete removable dentures and even dentures that are attached directly to your jaw using dental implants. Implant-supported dentures in Calgary are the strongest and most natural alternative you’ll hear about. Having said that, getting implant-supported dentures near you will also be the most expensive and invasive option your denturist will tell you about.

Why, despite that higher cost, are implant-supported dentures from a dental clinic near you such a compelling alternative? There are several reasons that you should discuss with your dentist, but among the most important advantages of implant-supported dentures is this: their lifespan.

Whereas traditional dentures typically need to be replaced after five to 10 years, implant-supported dentures can last much longer than that. How long? Just how long your implant-supported dentures might last depends a lot on you and your commitment to your oral health, but many studies have shown that the biggest (albeit low) risk of implant rejection occurs in the first year after an implant. People whose implants are healthy at the 10 to 15-year point will likely continue to enjoy their implant-supported dentures in Calgary for 20 years or even more.

Here are four tips for maximizing the lifespan of your implant-supported dentures. After reviewing these tips and considering how they might fit your lifestyle, make an appointment with a dental clinic near you to discuss if getting implant-supported dentures in Calgary may be right for you.

Clean your implants daily

Don’t forget how different implant-supported dentures are from your grandparents’ dentures-in-the-jar-beside-the-bed. You won’t remove your dentures to clean and soak them overnight. But that doesn’t mean you can ignore them. To eliminate the accumulation of bacteria that can eventually undermine your gum health, if neglected, be sure to clean your implants twice daily by brushing all your teeth at least twice daily and paying special attention to the gums and teeth adjacent to your implants.

Attend dental checkups twice annually

Your dentist will be able to see surfaces that you can’t see yourself and will be alert to signs of damage, weakness or gum disease that may – unbeknownst to you – develop. The dental cleanings you get at regular checkups – and deeper cleanings annually, besides – will also keep your mouth healthy and your implants strong.

Eat with bone health in mind

When it comes to dental implants, never forget that they don’t replace teeth per se. Rather, they replace teeth roots and are themselves rooted into your jaw bone. The strength and integrity of the bond between your titanium implant and your jaw bone is essential to the strength and integrity of your dentures. To support the health of that bond, eat lots of fresh and vitamin-rich food – especially foods containing Vitamin D that supports healthy and strong bone growth. When you can, avoid highly sticky, acidic, sugary and hard foods that can be hard on all your teeth – natural or artificial alike.

One more thing about your jaw bone

With age and prolonged inactivity – and sometimes as the result of some medical conditions – bones can lose their strength and density. That’s no less true about your jawbone than any other bones in your body. In addition to eating nutritionally as recommended above, try to keep stimulating your jaw bone by eating crunchy fruits and vegetables. Quite apart from their nutritional value, the act of eating those crunchy veggies and fruits will stimulate bone health and strength.

Can you follow those tips? If so, getting implant-supported dentures may be right for you. Make an appointment with the specialists at North East Denture Clinic to get answers to any questions you might have about this option.