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A 61-year-old female asked:

if a denture is used with implants, are you able to pull it out and clean it everyday?

6 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Yes: In fact, you must take it out and clean it every day to prevent problems with the implants. They need to be kept very clean, just like natural teeth, or they can fail.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Removable denture: If you are referring to a conventional removable denture that is anchored to multiple implants with any number of attachment products, the answer is, yes. If you are contemplating restoring your teeth, speak to a well qualified general dentist or prosthodontist to explore your restorative options.
Dr. Richard Reinitz
Prosthodontics 39 years experience
Typically yes: In most cases dentures that are supported by implants are removable and can be cleaned as if they were typical dentures.
Dr. James Vito
Prosthodontics 37 years experience
Yes: Implant secured dentures can be either screw retained or held in place with clips. . Clip retained dentures can be taken out regularly for daily hygiene.
Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 41 years experience
Yes: If it is attached to the implants with special attachments which permit it to be removed, then you can do this. Be sure to thoroughly clean the implants when the overdenture is out, and the same with the orevdenture -- both inside and outside. If the attachment components are not kept meticulously clean, it will noe fit correctly. Good luck.
Dr. Tamer Abdel-azim
Specializes in Prosthodontics
Depends: Depending on the method of attachment of the denture to the implant, you may be able to remove it and clean it daily. Some dentures can be removed by the patient while others can only be removed by the dentist. Your dentist will inform you about the best way to clean your denture.

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