You have a part to play in making sure your restorations last as long as they are designed to. And that’s where this great advice from the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) comes in. Their guidelines are set up to help you take care of your restorations, so they will maintain their beauty and function for as long as possible.
In promoting the tips, the ACP touted the fact that all 8 recommendations are based on solid scientific evidence. All the guidelines are based on principles of care and maintenance for dental restorations that have been tested in high quality studies. The guidelines apply to a wide range of restorations, including dental implants, dental crowns, and porcelain fillings.
Here are the 8 crucial tips:
- Get a regular checkup and cleaning every six months–or more frequently if recommended by your dentist
- Floss your teeth every day
- Follow your dentist’s specific maintenance guidelines
- Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day
- Use a mouthwash recommended by your dentist
- Wear a night guard if your dentist recommends it
- Don’t use tobacco products–smoking or chewing tobacco
- Don’t eat too much sugar
If you think those guidelines sound an awful lot like advice to preserve your natural teeth, you’re right! The quality of modern dental restorations is so high that it’s not usually the restorations that fail: it’s the teeth under them. So, if you take care of those teeth, you’re also taking care of your restorations.
Dental restorations can be expensive, time consuming, and potentially even unpleasant to get placed. These maintenance tips are cheap, quick, and easy to perform. This makes maintenance a great investment, much better than having to replace a restoration before its time.
Well-Begun Is Half Done
Of course, another critical piece of advice is that it’s important to get the right start with your dental restorations. And that means choosing the right dentist to place those restorations. We strongly believe that dentists with education in cosmetic dentistry and neuromuscular dentistry give you the best chance of getting a long life out of your dental restorations.
If you would like to learn more about the benefits of working with a cosmetic and neuromuscular dentist in the Detroit area, please call (248) 656-2020 today for an appointment at Rochester Advanced Dentistry.