Restorations can be the most exciting and reinvigorating part about visiting the dentist; you get to see improvement in your smile, see changes in your confidence and self-esteem, and overall have an optimistic approach to your oral health. However, once your dentist’s work is all said and done, the real challenge to having healthier teeth is maintenance. Restorations can get damaged, just like natural teeth, and it’s essential to take steps towards keeping your healthy and proper shape. Here’s what you can do in your own time to keep your restorations well maintained and happy.
Brush and Floss With Care
Brushing and flossing are an essential part of keeping your teeth and restorations healthy. Oral hygiene makes up a significant portion of maintenance because a daily routine and getting into the habits have shown to help in the long run for healthy teeth. However, restorations during the first year are susceptible to plaque build-up and decay. Even with crowns covering the natural tooth, plaque can affect the surrounding gums and cause the support for the crown to decay, creating infections, bone loss, and risk losing the restoration completely.
Brushing with neutral-fluoride toothpaste will help protect the restoration not just from cavities, but also from discoloration. Many fluoride products tend to contain acids that can alter the restoration’s color and reduce dental restoration’s bonding ability. For flossing, getting the trapped food and plaque from between your teeth will also prevent decay.
Visit Your Dentist More Frequently
Getting a regular cleaning and checkup from your dentist is all part of preventative dentistry, meaning your visits matter in helping treat and prevent infections and diseases in your mouth. Dentists have the tools in mind to clean and check up on your restorations’ health and even apply touch-ups if needed to keep the restoration functioning and beautiful.
Limit Your Alcohol Consumption
People who regularly consume alcohol have a risk of reducing the bonding strength of their restorations. This overexposure is caused by the constant exposure to the alcohol’s pH levels and solubility, causing the bonding material to degrade over time. Because the mouth’s always facing liquids and food particles with varying acidic levels, alcohol can affect the enamel, dentin, and restoration and reduce its adhesive properties.
Use Night Guards for Bruxism
For those with bruxism, night guards can help protect both the natural teeth and restoration from wearing down over time. Nightguards can also prevent damage to the jaw bones and muscles, which can lead to TMJ disorder if left untreated. This condition also affects the restoration’s livelihood and can cause the restoration to dislodge due to the force behind the jaw.
Wear Mouth Guards During Sports
Mouthguards for sports can protect teeth from damage during sports. These mouth guards can also be custom made to protect your restorations as well, and because of the high chance of impact to the face, mouth guards can prevent severe damage ahead of time.
If you wish for more tips on caring for your restorations, contact Dr. Raj – Shikha Batra at Troy Dental Studio to schedule an appointment and receive the best dental care in the Troy, MI area.