Advice for Maintaining Your Cosmetic Dentistry Restorations

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Modern dental restorations are designed to be very long-lasting. They are made of highly durable materials. And skilled Nashville, TN cosmetic dentist Dr. Kent E. White designs them to fit harmoniously into your bite. But we can only do so much to make your restorations last. You have a part to play in making sure your restorations have a long life of looking beautiful and functioning perfectly.

But the good news is that there are very clear guidelines on how to do that. The American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) has issued a list of 8 things you should do to extend the lifespan of your restorations.

Patient, Ann's before and after

Maintain Your Teeth to Keep Your Restorations

The ACP issued the guidelines, stressing that they were based on scientific evidence for ensuring the longest life for restorations. The guidelines were designed to apply to a wide range of dental restorations, including porcelain fillings, porcelain veneers, dental crowns, and even dental implants.

Here are the 8 guidelines they issued:

  1. See your dentist for regular cleanings and checkups every six months (or more, if recommended)
  2. Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
  3. Floss teeth daily
  4. If your dentist gives you special maintenance instructions, follow them
  5. When recommended, use mouthwash
  6. Wear a nightguard if your dentist recommends it
  7. Quit smoking or using tobacco
  8. Reduce sugar in diet

These guidelines look a lot like the guidelines for the overall oral health guidelines because the primary cause for the failure of restorations is decay or other reasons for loss of teeth under the restorations. Even with dental implants, the leading cause of failure is either a failure to integrate or peri-implantitis, a form of gum disease that affects implants.

Although dental restorations can be expensive to place–and just as expensive to replace–they are inexpensive and easy to maintain. With proper care, your restorations should be able to last for years, even decades. And dental implants can last a lifetime–though the crowns on top may need to be replaced after 20 or 30 years, on average.

Well-Begun Is Half Done

One thing that the guidelines leave out is the importance of finding the right dentist to place your restorations in the first place. When dental restorations are properly placed, they have a higher chance of remaining functional for decades.

Dr. White is a highly trained and very experienced cosmetic dentist. He has helped many people in Nashville to get beautiful smiles with restorations that they have enjoyed ever since they were placed, some decades ago. If you would like to learn more about getting beautiful, functional, and long-lasting dental restorations in Nashville, please call (615) 383-6787 today for an appointment at the Center for Advanced Dentistry.