Many dental patients are pleasantly surprised when they learn that there are a number of modern, more seamless restorations available, now, than in decades previous. For instance, while metal amalgam fillings were once common, now many dentists recommend composite resin fillings, instead. The resin looks more natural, and bonds tightly with teeth helping to prevent against further erosion or infection. And instead of relying on unsightly metal crowns to restore smiles, many dentists now offer porcelain crowns, which are prized for both their strength and their stain resistance. In order to enjoy the cosmetic benefits of a porcelain crown, though, it is important to take great care of the restoration. That way it can continue to protect the fragile or damaged tooth, while offering esthetic benefits for many years to come.
Take Care of Your Smile to Preserve Your Tooth Restorations
So, how do you properly care for a porcelain restoration in a way that preserves its beauty and seamlessness within the natural smile? Most porcelain restorations, as well as smile enhancements like porcelain veneers, can be cared for similarly to natural teeth, making them convenient as well as beautiful. That said, it is important to brush your teeth and crown using a non-abrasive toothpaste, lest you inadvertently scratch the surface of the porcelain, which can lead to noticeable staining.
It is also important to attend regular checkups and cleanings, to ensure the teeth around the crown remain healthy, and also so the dentist can check for any burgeoning dental issues, or any damage to existing dental restorations.