At Prosthetic Dentistry of Olympia, we use beautiful and durable materials like porcelain, ceramic, and zirconia for your dental restorations. You should enjoy many years of wear, even decades, from them. To get the most out of your restorations, you’ll want to take proper care of them. Fortunately, it’s not too hard!
Follow our five tips to extend the life of your restorations:
- Have Regular Exams & Cleanings
- Brush & Floss Every Day
- Don’t Treat Teeth Like Tools
- Be Careful With Certain Foods
- Protect Your Teeth With Mouthguards
If you’d like us to check your existing restorations for damage or you need a new restoration, call us today at 360-229-5861 for an appointment in our Olympia, WA office.
Keep an Eye on Dental Restorations With Regular Exams
We’re happy to examine your dental restorations like crowns and veneers to ensure they are in good shape. If we find small chips or cracks, we can often repair the damage using composite resin (the same material used for fillings). It’s important to fix damage ASAP, or you risk a tooth infection. We also recommend getting professional cleanings at least twice a year to help keep your teeth and gums free of disease that can damage your restorations.
Practice Good Oral Hygiene Every Day
Perhaps nothing helps more to extend the life of your restorations than brushing and flossing every day. It removes the bits of food that can get stuck in between your restorations and nearby teeth. It’s best to use a non-abrasive toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush on your restorations and avoid brushing too vigorously.
We recommend brushing as soon as possible after consuming sugary and/or acidic foods or beverages. If that’s not possible, rinse you mouth with water and/or chew sugarless gum to help get the saliva flowing.
Teeth Are Good for Many Things, But They Aren’t Tools
We know it can be tempting, but never use your teeth to open bottles or other packages. You can chip, crack, or even break restorations – and teeth too – that way. Avoid biting down on hard substances, especially popcorn kernels and ice. If you bite your fingernails, stop.
Use Care When Consuming Certain Foods
Popcorn, with its hard kernels, isn’t the only food that can damage your dental restorations. Skip sticky or super chewy foods like caramels or taffy – or at least be careful when consuming them. Suck on hard candies, don’t bite down on them. While crunchy fruits and vegetables are healthy choices, they can damage restorations. It’s a good idea to cut apples, carrots, and similar foods into smaller pieces before eating.
Mouthguards Can Help Protect Dental Restorations
If you’re an athlete, especially one who plays contact sports, we suggest wearing a mouthguard to protect your dental restorations – and your other teeth as well. You may want to consider a custom mouthguard instead of one purchased from a store. Custom mouthguards fit better than over-the-counter ones, so you won’t be tempted to leave it on the sidelines.
If you grind your teeth at night, ask us about a mouthguard that can stop this damaging habit. Grinding not only causes premature wear and tear on your teeth and restorations, it can also cause jaw and facial pain. If your grinding is caused by an uneven bite, we can adjust it using restorations like fillings or crowns.
To make an appointment at our Olympia, WA office, call us today at 360-229-5861.