Restoring a damaged or missing tooth is the right choice for your smile. A restoration, like a crown, bridge, or dentures, can bring back your ability to chew and talk. After you have invested time and money into your dental restoration, you want to make sure it lasts a lifetime. The last thing that you want to do is end up back in the dentist’s chair repairing or replacing your restoration. To keep that from happening, there are some tips that can help you maintain a the health and durability of your dental restoration.
Dental prosthetics are not in danger of tooth decay. However, if your dental restoration sits atop of a restored tooth, that remaining natural tooth is still susceptible to tooth decay. If problems occur under your restoration, it may cause an issue for the restoration itself. Brushing and flossing twice a day limits your risk of tooth decay. Not only does regular brushing and flossing keep your natural teeth healthy, but it keeps your gums healthy, too. Your gums are the foundation for your dental prosthetic. Keeping your gums healthy keeps your restorations on top of a strong and sturdy foundation.
While restorations may not be in danger of tooth decay, they can be stained or discolored after extensive exposure to dark colored drinks or cigarette smoke. The materials used in restorations are stain-resistant, but over time, they can become at risk. Making mindful choices means limiting these types of hazardous choices. Limiting your sugar intake may reduce your risk of tooth decay in your remaining teeth. Choose to drink plenty of water, as it helps to rinse away harmful bacteria. Choose to wear a mouth guard, if you are going to play a high-impact sport.
Every six months, you should visit your dentist for an exam and cleaning. This is especially important after you have received a restoration, so that your dentist can check up on it.
Learn more about dental restoration from Austin Prosthodontics. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Carmona in Austin, TX, call 512-250-9444. We also proudly welcome patients from Cedar Park, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Leander, and all surrounding Texas communities.