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How to Care For Your Dental Prosthetics

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At Novudentics, Dr. K. does a lot of dental work in the form of prosthetics. Dental prosthetics, such as crowns, bridges, and dentures, are invaluable for restoring your smile and maintaining your oral health. However, to ensure the longevity and effectiveness of your prosthetics, it’s crucial to practice proper care and maintenance. In this article, Dr. K shares his favorite tips and best practices for caring for your dental prosthetics, so you can keep your smile looking and feeling its best.

Why Proper Care Is Essential for Dental Prosthetics

Caring for your dental prosthetics is essential for several reasons:

  1. Longevity: Proper care can extend the life of your prosthetics, saving you time and money in the long run.
  2. Oral health: Maintaining clean and well-functioning prosthetics helps prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues.
  3. Comfort: Well-maintained prosthetics are more comfortable to wear and less likely to cause irritation or pain.

Tips for Caring for Dental Crowns and Bridges

Dental crowns and bridges are fixed prosthetics that require diligent care to maintain their appearance and function. Here are some tips for caring for your crowns and bridges:

  1. Brush twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
  2. Floss daily, using a back-and-forth motion to clean around the base of the crown or bridge.
  3. Use an interdental brush or water flosser to clean hard-to-reach areas.
  4. Avoid biting on hard objects, such as ice or nuts, which can damage your prosthetics.

Best Practices for Denture Care

Dentures require a different set of care practices to keep them clean and functional. Follow these best practices for denture care:

  1. Remove and rinse your dentures after every meal to remove food particles.
  2. Brush your dentures daily with a soft-bristled brush and non-abrasive denture cleaner.
  3. Soak your dentures overnight in a denture-soaking solution to keep them moist and prevent warping.
  4. Brush your gums, tongue, and any remaining natural teeth daily to maintain oral hygiene.

At-Home Dental Prosthetic Care Kits

Some popular at-home dental prosthetic care kits you may find in stores include:

  • Polident Denture Cleanser Tablets
  • Efferdent Denture Cleanser Tablets
  • Oral-B Super Floss for Bridges and Implants
  • GUM Proxabrush Interdental Brushes

While these kits can be helpful, it’s essential to follow the instructions provided by your prosthodontist for optimal results.

The Importance of High-Quality Dental Prosthetics

When it comes to dental prosthetics, quality matters. High-quality dental implants crafted by experienced prosthodontists offer numerous benefits over cheaper alternatives:

  1. Better fit: High-quality prosthetics are custom-made to fit your mouth precisely, ensuring greater comfort and functionality.
  2. Durability: Quality materials and expert craftsmanship result in prosthetics that are more durable and long-lasting.
  3. Natural appearance: Skilled prosthodontists use advanced techniques and materials to create prosthetics that closely mimic the appearance of natural teeth.

While inexpensive prosthetics from less experienced dentists may seem tempting, investing in high-quality prosthetics from a reputable prosthodontist can save you time, money, and discomfort in the long run.

What to Do If You Have a Problem With Your Dental Implants

If you experience any issues with your dental implants, such as pain, swelling, or looseness, it’s essential to contact your prosthodontist immediately. They will assess the situation and determine the best course of action to address the problem with your dental implants, which may involve adjustments, repairs, or additional treatments.

In some cases, your prosthodontist may need to work with other dental specialists, such as periodontists or oral surgeons, to resolve more complex issues. Remember, prompt attention to any concerns with your dental implants is crucial for maintaining your oral health and the longevity of your prosthetics.

Regular Check-Ups with Your Prosthodontist

In addition to at-home care, regular check-ups with your prosthodontist (even if it’s not Dr. K) are essential for maintaining the health and function of your dental prosthetics. During these appointments, your prosthodontist will:

  1. Examine your prosthetics for signs of wear, damage, or poor fit
  2. Clean and polish your prosthetics for optimal appearance and hygiene
  3. Assess your oral health and address any concerns or issues

Summary – Take Care of Your Dental Work

Caring for your dental prosthetics is a critical aspect of maintaining your oral health and ensuring the longevity of your investment. After all, getting new prosthetics isn’t exactly cheap! By following the tips and best practices outlined in this article by Dr. K, you can keep your smile looking and feeling its best for years to come. Remember, your smile is worth the investment!

Who Wrote This?

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Dr. Kallithrakas (Dr. K) is the lead prosthodontist for Novudentics in Palm Beach, Florida. He obtained a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) and conducted a one year fellowship in Implant Dentistry sponsored by Biomet 3i at NOVA Southeastern University. Dr. K also has a Master in Science in which his thesis The difference in microgap between zirconia and titanium abutments; a pilot study was published.

Dr. K and his team at Novudentics have extensive training in all areas of prosthodontics, and serve patients across the United States from his Palm Beach office location. He believes that changing someone’s smile can help make a difference in many aspects of someone’s life.

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