Taking Care of Your Restorative Dental Work

Restorative dental work, just like any other dental treatment, costs money and we want to make sure you get a good return on your investment. With proper care, your restorative dental work can last several years. At Caring Smiles, we want to help you do everything in your power to keep your smile looking great which also means taking care of your dentures, crowns, or dental implants.

Dentures

As you may already know, removable dentures come in three different types — full, partial, and implant-supported. However, ensuring those dentures last as long as they possibly can is pretty much the same for all three types.

Just as leftover food particles can be damaging to your natural teeth, they can also accelerate the breakdown of your dentures. That’s why it’s recommended to remove dentures after every meal and clean off any leftover food particles.

Dentures should be brushed regularly with a non-abrasive denture cleanser daily, and you should always remember to take them out once a day (usually before going to bed) to soak in a denture solution overnight.

Crowns

Dental crowns are an extremely versatile dental treatment since they can be used to remedy a number of common issues. From fixing esthetic issues like a chipped or discolored tooth to correcting structural issues like a tooth weakened from decay or a large filling, dental crowns are a popular option.

However, like any restorative dental treatment, crowns must be taken care of or they will not last very long. One of the best things you can do is to not expose your crowns to unnecessary pressure from things like using your teeth to open something, or biting down on extremely hard objects like pens, caps, or ice.

Clenching and grinding your teeth can also accelerate wear and tear on your crowns, so if you clench or grind your teeth at night, we suggest a custom fit mouthguard to protect your crowns from wear and tear.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are designed to be a much more permanent restorative dental solution, and taking care of them looks a lot like taking care of regular teeth. You should avoid smoking in addition to brushing and flossing daily.

While routine care is important, you may need to change up which products you use to clean your teeth. Caring Smiles recommends avoiding toothbrushes with hard bristles as well as abrasive toothpastes. You’ll want to stick with gentle cleaning products, and there are a ton out there designed specifically for dental implants.

 

Taking care of your restorative dental work is just as important as taking care of your regular teeth, and proper care can help your dentures, crowns, or implants last for many years. One of the most important things you can do is to schedule regular dental visits with Caring Smiles to ensure that your restorative dental work is still in good shape!