You can’t put a price on a beautiful smile. But if you’re wearing veneers, crowns, bridges, or implants, then you know that the beautiful smile you have now is actually a big investment. That’s why you want your dental restoration to look its best for as long as you can. You can do that by making sure you get the best care you can both at home and at your dentist’s office.
Here are some dental care tips that can help keep your dental restoration in top condition:
- Avoid drinking alcohol as this can be damaging to both the direct bonding, as well as the luting material holding porcelain veneers to your teeth.
- If you play sports, make sure that you use a mouthguard to protect both your natural teeth and your restoration. You should also wear one if you grind your teeth at night.
- Do not bite ice, candies, crusty bread, or other hard objects. If your crown is fairly new, it would do you good to stay away from sticky foods as well.
- You should brush like you normally would but do floss with extra care. Some patients think that their crowned tooth doesn’t need as much maintenance as their natural teeth. But remember that crowns and bridges are still susceptible to bacteria and decay along the gum-line. This area needs special care. You can take it a step further by using a fluoride rinse and toothpaste with high fluoride content. This is especially helpful if you have a high decay rate or if you have suffered from periodontal disease before.
- You have to clean the part where you have missing tooth if you have a fixed bridge. Since your false tooth is connected to adjacent teeth, you would have to use a bridge threader to floss under this tooth to make sure you remove plaque. You can find these at most pharmacies. You can also ask your dentist about it.
- Remember that some professional maintenance procedures that are excellent for natural teeth and metal restorations can be damaging to ceramic or composite material restorations. That’s why if you have had dental restorations and you have a new dentist, it is highly important that you inform the staff of the dental office as well as your new dentist of your existing work.
Just because they are not your natural teeth, it doesn’t mean that you should neglect your restorations. If you want your new smile to last for a really long time, you should do your part and provide it with the best care you possibly can.
Do you think you’ll benefit from a dental restoration to improve your smile? Why don’t you contact Dental Laboratory Associates? We can help you find the best dentist to provide you with our premium quality restorations so you can finally get the smile that you deserve.