Your custom fit nightguard is designed to be worn either over the upper or lower teeth and be comfortably worn at night. With the nightguard in place, grinding forces are absorbed and dispersed by a soft protective layer of acrylic. By wearing this device routinely, your teeth and dental restorations will be protected, as well as allowing others around you to sleep more soundly.
A custom nightguard is worn daily and like any personal care item, it requires regular cleaning to prevent damage to the appliance and growth of bacteria. Proper care and maintenance of your custom night guard will extend its life, saving you time and money.
When not in use, store your night guard in cold tap water in the container provided. This will help fight against bacterial growth. Store your appliance safely away from children and pets. It’s just as important to care for your nightguard’s storage case as it is your night guard. Placing a clean night guard into a case that hasn’t been cleaned in quite some time will contaminate the nightguard. Wash your case out well with soap and hot water before use. Rinse it and allow it to dry before you place your night guard into it.
Check your nightguard weekly for any damage. Nightguards are made to be durable, but over time, the grinding and or clenching will take its toll. The good news is that the damage is being done to the night guard, which can be replaced, instead of your teeth. Never use chlorine bleach or other caustic/harsh chemicals for cleaning or boil or microwave the appliance. This can cause a change in the physical properties of the material and void all guarantees. Take your custom night guard with you to your regular dental checkups so as to check its fit and function. If damage on your nightguard is detected, it’s time to purchase a new one. A nightguard should be replaced after 6-7 years or use or if it no longer fits.
Your porcelain veneers are both beautiful, durable and made of the finest materials available today. Porcelain itself wears as well or better than your natural teeth. However, the longevity of these restorations primarily depends on how well you take care of them. The information included below contains tips on how to properly clean and care for your porcelain veneers to ensure they last a lifetime.
Porcelain is immune to tooth decay, however, the uncovered part of the tooth can still get cavities. Foods that contain sugars of any kind can contribute to tooth decay. Eating a balanced diet and limiting between-meal snacks can reduce the risk of developing decay around your veneers.
Consumption of soda, coffee, tea, wine, and other tooth-staining foods should be kept to a minimum. If you do consume these types of foods or drinks, be sure to brush soon after to avoid staining. If you cannot brush, rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash.
Heavy and frequent alcohol consumption has the potential to dissolve bonding that cements the porcelain veneer to the tooth requiring its replacement.
Not only are cigarettes and tobacco products bad for your overall health, they can also reduce the lifespan and beauty of your porcelain veneers. These items contain nicotine, which can quickly turn your white veneers yellow.
Porcelain veneers are not designed to withstand sharp impacts and they can fracture, just as your natural teeth can fracture. Do not bite foreign objects such as pins, nails, bottles, etc., and do not strike them with hard objects. Similarly, avoid chewing excessively hard foods on the veneered teeth (hard candy, ice, raw carrots, bones, etc.)
It’s important to avoid tearing hard foods or anything that can twist the veneer and create shearing forces. Porcelain is naturally resistant to compressive forces but will easily crack or fracture with shearing forces.
Extreme force or trauma can break porcelain veneers just as the same force can break natural teeth. We recommend protecting your investment by and wearing an athletic mouthguard for your teeth if you are active in sports or a nightguard if you clench or grind your teeth.
To maximize the lifespan of your investment, we recommend special professional maintenance techniques. The dental hygienists at Spring Creek Dental have special training in the maintenance of porcelain veneers and know what needs to be done to keep them looking their best. We recommend a minimum of two maintenance visits a year for your new restorations. This will provide us an opportunity to keep the veneers polished, thus prolonging their life.
Learning to talk with your new dentures in place requires practice and perseverance. Reading aloud is a very helpful method of learning to pronounce words properly. It takes time for your tongue and facial muscles to learn how to work together with the dentures to make good speech sounds. We recommend repetition and practicing the words and sounds that seem to give you the most difficulty.
The process of learning to chew with your new dentures typically takes six to eight weeks. Patience is essential when learning to eat with your dentures. Most patients start by limiting their diet to soft foods that are easy to chew. By taking small bites and chewing slowly you will gradually learn to eat foods that are more difficult. If possible, learn to chew on both sides of your dentures at the same time. The lower denture rarely has a good retention as the upper. Since the muscles of the cheeks, lips and tongue will tend to displace your dentures, do not develop the habit of displacing them with these muscles. Rather, train these muscles to assist in keeping your dentures in place.
When biting with dentures, place the food between the teeth toward the corner of the mouth rather than between the front teeth. This will help you to reduce the movement of the dentures on the ridges. If you have trouble keeping your lower denture in place during eating it may be the result of poor tongue habits. The tongue should touch the inner surface of the lower denture to help stabilize it when eating. You may also find it helpful to purchase a denture adhesive such as Fixodent cream or powder.
Overdentures may look like a conventional dentures from the outside, but inside they integrate the latest implant technology to provide a solid foundation for improved retention, stability and comfort when compared to standard dentures. Because they secure directly to implants, it is critical to meticulously adhere to the following guidelines for insertion, removal and cleaning to properly maintain both the denture and the health of the implants.
To insert the overdenture, ensure that you can feel that it is properly positioned above the LOCATOR Abutments prior to applying pressure. Take care to use both hands and simultaneously press down on each side to firmly seat the overdenture into place.
Avoid biting the overdenture into place as this force will result in improper wear of the LOCATOR Abutment and may affect the longevity of the prosthesis. You can remove the overdenture by placing one finger under the left edge and one under the right edge of the overdenture and pull one side upward at a time. Once the overdenture is removed a thorough cleaning is recommended.
Maintaining proper hygiene is vital to the success of an overdenture, helping it last longer and function properly. Similar to natural teeth, dental plaque will also form on the surface of an overdenture. If the plaque is not removed it will continue to accumulate. It is for this reason that the overdenture should be taken out for cleaning daily. Similarly, plaque can build up on the implants just as it does on your teeth, potentially leading to inflamed tissue around the implant and eventual development of peri-implantitis. Throughout time, peri-implantitis may cause the implant to become mobile and fail. Daily cleaning instructions include the following:
Avoid using abrasive toothpaste to clean the overdenture. The coarse particles in the toothpaste may scratch the surfaces of the overdenture, enhancing the potential for plaque accumulation.
Avoid the use of chewing tobacco as it may get caught in the overdentures components potentially scratching the Abutments, considerably reducing the life of the Abutments, retentive features of the Males and ultimately may affect the dental implants.
Do not soak the overdenture in bleach or any other products not designed for use with denture cleaning as these can harm the retentive feature of the Male, which may ultimately cause additional wear on the Abutment.
If a denture cleaning solution such as Polident® or Efferdent® is used, it is recommended that the overdenture be soaked for fifteen minutes or less.