Maintaining Your Dental Restoration

Oral mirror showing inside of mouth

Depending on the type of restoration you and your dentist have chosen, a dental restoration can be a life-altering experience. It can improve your overall dental health and give you a smile that’s bright, symmetrical, and pleasing to the eye. However, with any dental restoration treatment, maintaining your smile will involve maintenance. Regular dental care will help aid in maintaining your smile, and there are many ways of caring for your mouth. Here, we’re going to expand on these options and help guide you towards a happier smile in no time.


Choose the Right Teeth Products

When you practice your dental hygienic routine, choosing the right products will make a difference. For instance, certain kinds of toothpaste can pose a threat to dental restorations because of the acidity in toothpaste. It can cause your restorations to alter in color, and become abrasive to crowns and veneers. Also, toothbrush bristles can wear down the restorations and cause damage. For toothbrushes, use soft, but firm bristles that are not too hard on the teeth and gums, but sturdy enough to reach the back of your mouth to remove the unwanted bacteria from your mouth.

Pro-tip: Change out your toothbrush every three to four months to keep your teeth healthy. Over time, bacteria can develop along with the bristles, causing the fibers to harden and wear down over time. Keeping a handful of new toothbrushes can help you maintain your health easier and keep your restorations in check.


Wear a Nightguard

If your dentists have given you a mouthguard to wear, make sure you follow their directions. Mouthguards can help protect restorations during their adjustment period, especially if you suffer from teeth grinding and clenching. Also, for those with teeth grinding, avoiding sharp foods, such as ice, can help prevent the wear of your restoration. Restorations are made to be strong, but life-events can always have the chance of damaging your restorations, especially if you participate in sports.


Get Regular Dental Cleanings

Maintaining your regular hygiene care, such as brushing twice a day and flossing once a day, can help in the long run for maintaining your restorations. However, there is only so much that a person can do at home to protect their teeth. That’s why we emphasize cleanings every six months. Dentists during this time can check the condition of your restorations, and can also provide special polishing pastes to keep your teeth pearly white and clean-looking. These checkups also allow for early detection of dental issues, such as a loosened restoration or a tooth cavity.

Curious about restorations? Why not contact Torrance Dental Associates! Located in Torrance, CA, Dr. Alireza Movassaghi has advanced dental technology to meet your every need, whether it be just a dental checkup or a complete smile makeover. At our office, we focus on general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry services, and we have a welcoming environment that’s ready to tackle any of your dental needs. Contact us today by scheduling an appointment with us, and if you have any questions regarding our restorations, then call us at (310) 327-4166.

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