Care After Dental Treatment: Looking After Work That Has Been Done

There are specific types of dental treatments that, if you have them, require specific care and attention:

 

Dentures:

Tips: Clean dentures at least twice-a-day; once before putting them in early in the morning and then at night after removing them.  Brush the dentures, soak them in a cleaning solution and brush again. Keeping your dentures clean is as important as keeping your natural teeth clean.  If they are not cleaned daily, dentures will quickly gather food debris, plaque and tartar.  This can create perfect conditions for decay and gum disease in any remaining teeth.  If you have no remaining teeth, dentures that aren’t kept clean can lead to infections on your gums. More advice on denture hygiene here.

"Clean dentures in water"

Be careful while cleaning.  As dentures can be brittle, dropping them may break them.  Therefore clean them over a bowl/sink filled with water or over a towel.

 

Fillings:

A common thought after a filling is placed is that the tooth is now ‘fixed’.  While the decay may have been treated, the remaining tooth is still at risk of further decay.  If you continue the habits that led to decay in the first place, that tooth and the others will still be at risk!  Take needing a filling as a warning to take better care of  your teeth!

 

Crowns and bridges:

Crowns and bridges do not protect the underlying teeth from dental decay and gum disease.  If food and plaque is allowed to gather, the teeth can decay at the margins of the crown/bridge.  Likewise gum disease can set in just as for uncrowned teeth.

Bridges by their nature are hard to clean under.  Floss ‘threaders’ can be used to get between a bridge and the gum.  This must be done, to clean plaque build-up and reduce the risks of decay and gum disease here.

If the tooth that holds a crown or bridge in place becomes diseased, the crown or bridge may be fall out or need to be removed.  So holding onto these treatments for as long as possible involves taking good care of them!

 

Implants:

Image of a dental implant

An implant, unlike a bridge, is independent of any remaining teeth.

Just like natural teeth, dental implants are at risk of damage if they are not cleaned properly.  If plaque and tartar gathers around the implant, it can get diseased and may fail eventually.  As a relatively expensive and prolonged treatment to get, you will obviously want to keep implants healthy!

Your dentist/oral surgeon will instruct you on keeping your implants clean.

 

Orthodontics:

Having orthodontic brackets/appliances in place can make it harder to keep your teeth clean.  Extra effort is needed at this time to prevent any long-term damage to your teeth.  Cleaning between the teeth and the use of a mouthwash is particularly important.

 

As always, you will find much more advice and help in the relevant sections.

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