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Can't get dental implants back in after they are out a day..

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Posted by: waldonbuddy  (6 years ago)
Wife can't get upper titanium implants to fit if she leaves them out for a day or so.

These are four titanium studs into the upper maxilla. These "snap" into the upper dental plate.

She has had these implants for about 6 years now, and she has always had the problem. Her dentist back then told her to just keep wiggling them until they fit.
Her dentist has since passed, and she is still having the problem.

Due to the problems of getting the plate back in she had been leaving the upper plate in for as much as five days in a row. She recently has been having issues with her upper gums.

After doing some reading I found that dentures need to be removed for a least six hours every day so the gums can "breath", and to clean them.

So she left the upper plate out for about four days now, and was prescribed by a doctor some antibiotics for her gums to heal.

Now the upper implant plate is simply refusing to go back in. Usually they will snap right in after she wakes in the morning, but any other time the just won't go back in place.

Is there any "trick" to getting these back in after they have been out for a day or two? I've even tried soaking them in very warm water to maybe open up the holes the titanium studs snap into, but even that didn't work.

Thanks sooo much. Oh, and she is in her late 50's.

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Posted by: waldonbuddy  (6 years ago)
Ok, we found a dental office in the area that does implants such as the implants that my wife has.

Turns out there are O-rings that have to be replaced EVERY SIX MONTHS!!!!

Well, she has had these for SIX YEARS!! Would have been nice if the dental office that sold her the implants would have told us this six years ago.

I really hope this helps someone else as I did several net searches, and was unable to find anything about replacing the o-rings.
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Ok, we found a dental office in the area that does implants such as the implants that my wife has.

Turns out there are O-rings that have to be replaced EVERY SIX MONTHS!!!!

Well, she has had these for SIX YEARS!! Would have been nice if the dental office that sold her the implants would have told us this six years ago.

I really hope this helps someone else as I did several net searches, and was unable to find anything about replacing the o-rings.


That is why I like Magnetic heads for implants instead of O-rings. I get about 4 years of life out of the magnets. Sorry you had so much problem.

By the way, the term "implant" is what is embedded in bone, and NEVER comes out of the mouth. I think you are talking about the "precision attachment."
Posted 6 years ago
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Posted by: waldonbuddy  (6 years ago)
Yes, when I used the term "implants" I was referring to what she had implanted into her upper jaw bone.[four little titanium studs]
I don't know dental terminology so what I'm calling the upper dental plate [or upper dentures] are actually called "precision attachment", correct?

She is still having a problem getting them in, but I think she will just have to push them in using a little more pressure, and just take the pain until they "snap" in.
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Yes, when I used the term "implants" I was referring to what she had implanted into her upper jaw bone.[four little titanium studs]
I don't know dental terminology so what I'm calling the upper dental plate [or upper dentures] are actually called "precision attachment", correct?

She is still having a problem getting them in, but I think she will just have to push them in using a little more pressure, and just take the pain until they "snap" in.


If implants are not very parallel, implant dentures with any sort of attachments other than magnets will be more difficult to put in the mouth. An idea is to just inactivate one of the attachments and see if it is retentive enough without it. That way, it will be easier to put in the mouth.
Posted 6 years ago
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