How to Care for Your Dental Restorations
Most dental restorations will eventually need to be replaced but with proper care, they can remain functional and looking good for many years. Here’s how to maintain dental restorations, such as fillings, crowns, bridges and implants.
Practice Good Oral Hygiene
Once your restoration has been fitted, it’s very important to take care of it. A proper oral hygiene routine will keep it and your remaining natural teeth intact and looking good. Here’s what to do:
- Brush twice a day. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste, brush for at least two minutes, twice a day. If you have crowns or veneers, ask your dentist which toothpaste is best. Abrasive types, such as those with baking powder, or whitening formulas can damage the surface of the porcelain, causing discolouration.
- Floss daily. Once a day, floss between your teeth, making sure to move the string as far under your gums as is comfortable. If you have a bridge or other dental work that makes it hard to use regular string floss, you should use specialized tools like a floss threader or a water flosser to properly clean your gums under the bridgework.
- Visit your dentist. Make an appointment at your local dental clinic at least twice a year for a checkup and thorough teeth cleaning.
Protect Your Restorations
Dental restorations are strong, but more brittle than natural teeth. This means that they’re more likely to crack or break under pressure. If you play contact sports, a custom mouth guard is the best way to avoid tooth and mouth injury.
Finally, avoid biting down on or chewing hard substances like ice, hard candy or anything that isn’t food.
How to Take Care of Your Dentures
If you wear full or partial dentures, there will be a few extra steps in your dental care routine. Always rinse the dentures after eating, brush them at least once a day with a very soft brush and denture cleaner (regular toothpaste isn’t suitable) and soak them overnight in water or a specialized solution.
Restorative and cosmetic dentistry in South Edmonton
Wondering if dental restorations like a dental bridge or implant is right for you? Ask your dentist the next time you see them for a routine teeth cleaning. For professional care and expert advice, the people of South Edmonton have trusted Heritage Dental Centre for over 30 years. Call us today to make an appointment and experience our service for yourself.