Prosthodontists are specialists in replacing or restoring missing teeth. It is estimated that 120 million Americans are missing one or more teeth, and 36 million Americans are missing all of the teeth in one or both of their jaws.
With dental restorations such as dentures and dental implants, people can enjoy health, natural smiles and improved quality of life. Dental restorations may be supported by natural teeth or by dental implants.
Dental restorations can be expensive. It's important to protect your investment!
Patients with dental restorations can keep their teeth healthy using a lifelong recall and maintenance approach. This can reduce risk for failure of tooth and implant-borne restorations.
In addition to maintaining regular dental hygiene practices, prosthodontists recommend that patients with dental restorations should have clinical examinations to clean, adjust, repair, or replace their restorations at least every six months.
Your prosthodontist will create an at-home maintenance plan that is tailored to you. These are some key steps to ensure the health of your restored teeth:
1. Brush your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day.
2. Floss your teeth once a day.
3. Use a mouthwash recommended by your prosthodontist.
4. Wear a night guard (if recommended by your prosthodontist) to protect your restorations.
5. Don't smoke or chew tobacco.
6. Avoid eating a high-sugar diet.
With these recommendations, your restored teeth are more likely to last longer, feel good, and look great.