Prosthodontic treatments are complex and meticulous. Though it is up to the prosthodontist to provide treatment that is functional and aesthetically pleasing, it is up to the patient to ensure the final result lasts as long as it is designed to. Like natural teeth and gums, dental prosthetics require ongoing care to safeguard them against discoloration, damage and premature wear.
Did you know…
Did you know that right now, approximately 15 million people in America have one or more crowns and bridges to replace missing teeth? An estimated 3 million people have dental implants, which represent the fastest growing tooth replacement option in the U.S. In fact, a half million people get dental implants every year and enjoy a success rate of 98 percent.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I maintain my prosthodontic appliances at home?
There are many types of prosthodontic appliances, both fixed and removable. All require careful maintenance – some more than others. All teeth, whether natural or prosthetic, must be cleaned daily to remove food and debris. Removable appliances, such as dentures, must be soaked each night.
Will I need to visit my prosthodontist on an ongoing basis?
Whether or not you need to visit your prosthodontist for ongoing maintenance depends on the type of oral appliance you have. Unsupported dentures, for example, may need to be checked for fit from time to time, as the bone beneath the gum line may change over time. Dental implants, on the other hand, require very little ongoing maintenance other than routine twice-yearly dental exams and cleanings.
Will I need to make any lifestyle changes to prolong the life of my oral prosthetics?
Though oral appliances are designed to withstand the pressure of chewing and everyday use, most patients find that they need to make some lifestyle changes to prolong the life of prosthetic teeth. For example, people with dental implants should avoid tobacco use as it can affect the long-term success rate. People with crowns, veneers, and dentures may find that dietary changes are necessary to prevent damage.
For more information about prosthodontic maintenance, contact our office to speak with one of our helpful staff members.