Caring for Restorations
Caring for your new restorations
How to clean your new restorations
You should be able to floss your new restorations in a norm manner. Use a soft tooth brush with toothpaste, preferably one with fluoride, regardless of the type of restoration. The choice of toothpaste is somewhat less clear. There have been several published studies on the best toothpaste to use with composite resins, but no study has given us the definitive word. Even though there are several toothpastes that advertise they are specially designed for bonded teeth, there is no real proof that any toothpaste, if used properly, will harm bonding.
Over the counter rinses do not provide a significant health benefit, but are acceptable to freshen your breath. Most contain alcohol and can create a dry mouth concern. We recommend SPRY rinse, available here at the office, which contains xylitol and no alcohol.
You should be able to enjoy whatever quality of life you choice, without interference from your teeth. This means that your new restorations should not limit your enjoyment of eating a wide variety of food without worrying about consequences of your teeth. However, this does not mean that you should ignore certain "common sense" suggestions of safe eating.
For example, scraping meat off a bone when eating spareribs or biting raw carrots may not be particularly prudent if your front teeth have been restored. In addition, heavily pigmented food such as berries, have a propensity to stain teeth. Avoidance or eating there types of food in moderation may prevent restorations from losing their brilliance.
As mentioned above with mouthwashes, alcohol has the ability to hasten the demise of bonded restorations. In addition, dark drinks like red wine are probably more offensive to esthetic restorations than lighter-in-color drinks. Nonalcoholic drinks can also cause problems. Coffee and tea are notorious stain producers while soft drinks such as Coke and Pepsi can be laden with sugar and acids and may contribute to contribute to recurrent decay. Ice in any drinks should not be chewed.
This area includes biting finger nails, pencils, etc., all of which damage or discolor restorations. Trying to open various types of containers, envelopes, etc., with teeth can also lead to loss of restorations.
There is no doubt that smoking is highly deleterious to both teeth and restorations. Even though smoking's role in shortening the life of a restoration is unclear, it certainly contributes to a significant amount of stain accumulation.
It is common following permanent cementation to have some sensitivity. It will usually decrease after two weeks. If sensitivity persists, please notify the office.
If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to email or call the office.
Santa Clarita Dentist, David A. Tanner, D.D.S