Maintaining Your Dental Restorations

 Canterbury dentist, Dr George Mathioudakis, offers advice

Smiling couple good teethAs we have previously mentioned, our dental practice is currently closed for face to face consultations due to the Covid-19 situation.

Unfortunately this means that, at present, we are unable to carry out any treatments, even ones that would usually be done fairly promptly.

In our last blog we discussed how you should make sure to take good care of your teeth and gums during lockdown restrictions. In today’s blog, we will look at why you shouldn’t forget to look after your dental restorations too.

From a small filling to a dental implant placement, although these are made from artificial materials, you still need to remember to look after them. Neglect could lead to problems and discomfort that you might have to tolerate until such a time that we are open again, unless we are able to refer you to an emergency treatment centre in the meantime. With this in mind, below we offer some suggestions with regard to looking after your dental restorations.

Fillings

Fillings are the most common way of restoring teeth that have suffered from decay. At Bradley and Partners Dental and Implant Clinic we offer both amalgam and composite fillings. In both cases, the most important thing to remember is that you need to brush your teeth well. Although the filling won’t decay, if the natural tooth does, the filling may become loose and even fall out. If you suspect that a filling is loose, under normal circumstances, you would come in to see us straight away, but unfortunately this isn’t possible at the moment. For the time being, unless it causes you pain and distress, it is probably best to avoid using that tooth to eat foods that could dislodge the filling, including sticky or hard foods. Please remember that we do have staff on hand to offer telephone advice should you need it.

Crowns

Crowns are normally very secure and are attached to the prepared tooth using a strong dental adhesive. This will eventually lose some of its effectiveness however and crowns can become detached in certain situations. As at any time, please do not attempt to reattach the crown yourself, instead please call us for advice.

Dental implants

If you have had a dental implant placed by one of our Canterbury implant dentists, you will know how strong and secure they are. Most patients have a trouble free experience but there are risks if you neglect to look after them. Both periodontitis and peri-implantitis can cause the security of the implant to be compromised. Make sure that you take extra care to brush well around the implant and use dental floss to clean the area around it as well. We also recommend that when we are open as normal, you arrange to see our dental hygienist for a professional clean and check.

Veneers

As with all restorations, make sure that you clean the whole tooth and not just the restored part. Veneers are quite robust and can last for 10 years or more if you take good care of them; however at this difficult time, it is likely that some of us will be suffering higher levels of anxiety than usual . If this is affecting you, please try not to bite your fingernails or chew pencils etc if you have had veneers fitted as there is a small risk that they could become detached. Should this happen, as with crowns, please do not reattach them yourself but call us for advice.

Facial aesthetics treatments

As with dental treatments, we are also currently unable to provide wrinkle relaxers and dermal fillers. For some, this will be frustrating, particularly if they were planning to have this done for a special occasion. Others may have these treatments as an ongoing process in order to keep consistency with their appearance.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to help you for the time being so we recommend taking good care of your skin by avoiding too much sun, staying well hydrated and using moisturising creams. Once we are open again, we will be pleased to see you to discuss a treatment plan to get back on track.

At the moment we have no news on when we might be able to open our practice again. It does appear that the statistics are showing that the situation is starting to improve, but it is important that we continue to follow government advice to maintain this progress. Our Canterbury patients can be assured that as soon as we are able to open again, we will do so and look forward to seeing you all again. For those patients who have had routine appointments cancelled because of the pandemic, we will do all that we can to reschedule these as soon as possible.

Bradley and Partners Dental and Implant Clinic is currently available for telephone advice on weekdays between 8am and 5pm. Should you require urgent treatment, you will be triaged and offered advice on the next steps to take.

For now though, please stay safe and take care! Best wishes from our team.