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Maintaining your Dental Restoration

Maintaining your Dental Restoration

With proper cleaning and good oral hygiene, dental restorations can last well into the future. To help ensure the lasting health, function, and aesthetics of your smile, consider the following tips for maintaining and protecting your restoration.

Practice Proper Oral Hygiene

While restorations are made of high quality materials, they can still be compromised by poor oral hygiene. To make your restoration last, be sure to brush and floss on a daily basis and after meals. At our Rancho Cordova dental practice, we recommend using an electric toothbrush with soft bristles to thoroughly clean your teeth without damaging the porcelain of your restoration.

Avoid Hard Foods

Restorations are designed to mimic natural teeth as closely as possible. With this in mind, most are highly resilient, able to withstand day-to-day wear and tear. However, restorations are still vulnerable to damage caused by hard substances, such as ice or jawbreakers. Avoid chewing hard foods or using your teeth for purposes other than chewing, biting, or swallowing.  As Dr. Churchill likes to say, if there is a tool that can be used, don’t use your teeth.

If You Grind, Get a Night Guard

For patients with crowned molars in particular, bruxism (nighttime grinding) can leave your new restoration vulnerable to accelerated wear, potentially damaging covered tooth as well as crown. If you have a propensity for grinding your teeth at night, we highly recommend coming in for a night guard fitting. While over-the-counter options are available, generic night guards are not custom fit to your smile and can actually increase the risk of further damage to your dentition. With a customized night guard, Dr. Churchill can protect your entire smile as well as your restoration.

Regularly Visit the Dentist

Regardless of whether you have a restoration or not, regular dental check-ups are critical to maintaining a healthy smile. During biannual appointments, your dentist has the opportunity to evaluate the overall health of your dentition and any restorations, identifying potential problems as well as recommending appropriate treatments for improved wellness. If a restoration needs to be replaced, routine dental appointments allow your dentist to determine the best replacement option for your smile.

Visit our Rancho Cordova Dentist Today

At Scott P. Churchill, DMD, our mission is your smile’s long-term health. From crowns and fillings to full mouth restorations, our Rancho Cordova dentist offers a number of restorative treatment options tailored to your smile. To learn more about our available restorations, visit our practice today!