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Caring for your Dental Restoration

Caring for your Dental Restorations

Protecting your dental restorations is an important part of maintaining a healthy, functional smile. To ensure you’re doing the most to protect your smile investment, consider the following tips for lasting oral health and wellness.

Maintain an Effective Hygiene Routine

The longevity of your dental restoration can easily be extended by practicing regular oral hygiene techniques at home. This includes brushing and flossing daily as well as after meals and rinsing with mouthwash. For patients with removable restorations, like dentures or implant-supported removable overdentures, these prostheses must be removed nightly and cleaned to prevent bacteria from developing on the replacement teeth. 

Avoid Chewing Hard Substances

While porcelain restorations are highly durable, they should not be considered invincible. Chewing or biting hard substances can chip the replacement tooth or teeth, weakening its overall ability and functionality. Over time, repeated damage to dental restorations threatens to the health of the smile and may require further and more extensive treatment in the future.

With this in mind, Dr. Whitmer recommends that all patients avoid chewing ice, jaw breakers, and other hard foods. Our Santa Clarita dentist also recommends avoiding using your teeth to open packages and other containers, as this can put undue pressure on the restoration.

Regularly Visiting the Dentist

For patients with fixed restorations, like implant-secured bridges or crowns, routine check-ups are necessary as only the dentist can remove the appliance and clean the gum tissue below the restoration. Likewise, routine visits allow our Santa Clarita dentist to monitor your smile and identify potential issues that might compromise the success of your restoration.

Looking for a Dental Restoration? Contact Dr. Whitmer for your Consultation

Since 1978, Santa Clarita dentist Dr. Leda Whitmer and her team have helped countless patients find the right dental solution for their smile. When it comes to selecting the best dental restoration for your dentition, our dentist takes the time to create personalized treatment plans that leave your smile healthier and more beautiful.

To learn more about our cosmetically-driven dental restorations, contact Leda M. Whitmer, DDS today to schedule your consultation.