How to Care for Your Porcelain Dental Restoration

caring for porcelain restorationsAlthough human teeth were designed to last a lifetime (as long as you’ll need them to eat and speak), they’re not indestructible. Anyone’s teeth can suffer wear and tear from everyday use, dental disease, and traumatic injuries. In today’s world of tooth replacement, choosing the right restoration involves more than function; it also involves a focus on esthetics to help restore your confidence in your smile, as well. One of the most beneficial materials in pursuit of your esthetic goals is dental porcelain, which is tinted to match your natural tooth color and closely mimics your enamel’s light-reflecting properties. Porcelain is often used to craft a variety of prosthetic tooth restorations and replacements, including dental crowns, dental bridges, partials, and complete dentures.

Rely On Good Hygiene

While some dental care techniques can differ according to what kind of prosthetic you have, the importance of good oral hygiene remain the same; stay diligent against the buildup of harmful dental plaque, which contains masses of oral bacteria that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. If you have a fixed dental prosthetic, such as a bridge or implant-supported crown or denture, then your daily routine should be similar to the care of your natural teeth. Gently brush your teeth after every meal, or at least twice a day, with a soft-bristled toothbrush, and floss at least once, preferably before bedtime.

Removable prosthetics, which are often recommended for patients whose jawbone and gingival tissue aren’t strong enough to support a fixed appliance, may make dental care slightly easier. You can remove your appliance to thoroughly clean the gums underneath of food debris and bacterial plaque. Your dentist will instruct you in the proper care for your removable prosthetic and recommend the most effective cleansers.