How to Care for Dental Restorations
There are many dental issues that can be corrected through dental restorations, including tooth decay, cracked or chipped teeth, and loose or shifting teeth. From the mild to the most severe, our Queens cosmetic dentist is able to treat a wide range of dental flaws. The health of your smile is always our top priority.
How to Care For Dental Restorations
Dental restorations are meant to improve the function of the smile by providing stability and strength to damaged teeth. Our Queens dental restorations may also be used to replace missing teeth. In order to extend the lifespan of your dental restorations, it is vital that you care for them properly. The first steps to caring for any dental restoration is proper dental habits:
- Brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush
- Eating a healthy diet that is low in sugar
- Flossing at least once a day
- Undergoing routine dental check-ups and professional dental cleanings twice a year
- Not using any tobacco products
Porcelain Veneers and Dental Bonding
Porcelain veneers and dental bonding are bonded to the visible surfaces of the teeth. Because of this, porcelain veneers and dental bonding require the same care that you give to your natural teeth. A disadvantage to dental bonding is that it can chip and break off of the tooth. While dental bonding is somewhat stain resistant, it can still stain. Because of this, care should be taken to avoid foods and beverages known to cause stains on the teeth. Patients with porcelain veneers are still at risk for developing tooth decay. Because of this, patients should be careful to maintain good dental hygiene habits. Patients who habitually chew on ice, fingernails, or other hard objects should avoid doing so as this may cause damage to the teeth and can chip or break dental restorations.
Caring for dental crowns is the same as for natural teeth. Special attention should be given to the continued fit of dental crowns as loose or chipped crowns can cause dangerous bacteria to reach the underlying tooth. If this happens, the teeth underneath the dental crowns can be severely damaged by decay. If a dental crown should become loose, it may be cemented back into place. In the case of a dental crown falling off, it may be cemented back into place or a new dental crown may need to be made.
Dental Bridges and Dentures
The natural teeth that surround dental bridges are at a higher risk of decay. Good brushing and flossing habits are key to maintaining the health of these teeth. Teeth grinding or clenching of the jaw can cause damage to the dental bridge.
The care of removable dentures is a little different from that of other dental restorations. Dentures are much like natural teeth in that they must be cleaned daily to remove plaque, bacteria, and food particles. Brushing dentures also helps prevent stains from developing. A soft-bristled toothbrush specifically designed for dentures should be used. Dentures should also be rinsed after each meal. Regular toothpaste should not be used when cleaning your dentures. Mild hand soap may be used when brushing dentures. When not being worn, dentures must be kept in a cleansing solution or in water. Our Queens cosmetic dentist would be happy to carefully go over detailed instructions in the proper care and cleaning of dentures.
For our patients with missing teeth in Queens, dental implants can be used in conjunction with dental bridges, dentures, and dental crowns. Dental restorations supported by dental implants are stronger, more durable, and incredibly long lasting.
Contact Astoria Dental Group Today
To learn more about how to care for dental restorations, please contact Astoria Dental Group today.