After A Smile Restoration
Dr. Mace is committed to restoring smiles in the community of Washington, Missouri. Every restoration is carefully designed with state-of-the-art technology that resembles a natural, realistic looking smile. Additionally, Dr. Mace is committed to crafting dental prosthetic to reduce a patient’s risk of disease through strong materials. However, Dr. Mace stresses the importance of a good oral health routine to all of his patients, especially after a full-mouth restoration. Below are his top tips to keep your mouth, gums, and teeth health after a dental implant or All-On-4s procedure.
Dr. Mace Sets Patients Up For Oral Health Success
Each prosthetic selected by Dr. Mace from the All-On-4 technology is designed to help patients maintain good oral health by snugly fitting their mouth. Prosthetics that are too big or too small can increase the chance of food and bacteria becoming stuck between the appliance and your gums. Not only can these bacteria increase your risk of infection, but it will also decrease the lifespan of the prosthetic device. To avoid this, Dr. Mace orders a waxed model of every restoration before the final piece is placed into your mouth. Dr. Mace takes pride in meticulously fitting your prosthetic to reduce future oral health concerns.
Patient’s Role In Oral Health
Of course, this does not decrease the need to maintain a good oral health routine. Your prosthetic will last longer if you brush twice a day, floss once per day, rinse regularly, and visit Dr. Mace and his team at James G. Mace as recommended. Remember to use a fluoride toothpaste when brushing. For flossing, Dr. Mace recommends a floss threader or a water irrigation device. If you have more questions about your oral health routine with a full-mouth restoration such as dental implants or All-On-4s, call James G. Mace DDS in Washington, Missouri.
Another way you can increase the lifespan of your prosthetic is by reducing the amount of pressure you put on your gums and teeth. An occlusal guard (also called a mouth guard), is a plastic guard that fits over your teeth to create a protective barrier between your teeth to reduce clenching and grinding. Dr. Mace recommends the Tanner appliance, which he can make for you in his office, or a similar product. However, Dr. Mace warns that for a good investment in a mouthguard, do not use a soft athletic guard, which can break or wear down quickly, and can cause damage to your temporomandibular joint (TMJ).