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Longevity and Maintenance of Dental Prostheses


Posted on 2/15/2024 by Weo Admin
3D rendered cross-section view of three teeth with dental crowns made of different materialsDental prostheses like crowns, bridges, dentures, and implants beautifully restore your natural smile. But did you know maintaining them well can improve how long they last? By partnering with your prosthodontist on care and upkeep, you will enjoy these restorations for many years of healthy functioning.

Lasting Durability Is Possible


The modern dental materials and innovative fabrication methods of today produce precise-fitting prostheses with exceptional strength. This high built-in durability means custom restorations can serve long-term. In fact, the latest porcelain crowns have an average lifespan ranging from 10-30 years! And with proper home care and regular dental checkups, your restorations can thrive at the upper end of those projections.

Preventative Care Is Key


Practicing consistent oral hygiene protects prostheses and natural teeth, too. Brush gently twice daily with desensitizing toothpaste. Use recommended cleaning tools to clear debris from prosthesis cracks, metal clasps, or exposed margins prone to plaque buildup. Also, do not forget to floss daily using products designed for wider dental workspaces. This removes clinging particles that rinsing misses. You will also want to get professional cleanings every six months.

Address Problems Promptly


Despite diligent care, problems such as loosening, fracture, or wear occasionally arise. Do not ignore seemingly minor issues, as they can lead to bigger complications, causing unnecessary replacement. Instead, call our office promptly if you experience anything concerning so it can be assessed. Promptly addressing any small issues that arise can help prevent more significant problems requiring extensive repairs or even complete replacements down the road.

Adjust Habits Causing Excess Wear


Habitual teeth grinding or clenching accelerates prosthesis wear. Noticeable smoothing or thinning warrants evaluation for causative conditions. Treatments like bite splints can curb harmful habits, preserving prosthesis integrity. Establishing balanced occlusion also minimizes excessive grinding pressures during function.

Partnering with our prosthodontist on tailored preventative care offers the best assurance for long-lasting prosthesis functioning. By combining this with attentive monitoring and prompt repair of problems, achieving 20+ years of comfortable service is absolutely attainable. Contact us today to optimize your custom restoration lifespans!


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