Restorative dental treatments are conducted for the purposes of improving the function and appearance of a tooth using fixtures such as veneers, inlays, implants, crowns, or bridges. If you're scheduled to have dental restoration in the near future, it's important that you speak with your dentist in advance to get great tips for ensuring a speedy recovery. Here are some bad habits to avoid after restorative dental treatment:
Eating Extremely Hot or Cold Foods
Once you've undergone restorative dental treatment, your teeth and gums may respond differently to certain types of foods. One of the biggest changes is sensitivity to hot and cold foods. In order to reduce any discomfort that may result from exposing your teeth to extreme temperatures, avoid sipping on hot soups or biting into ice cream.
Indulging in Chewy or Hard Candies
If you've got a sweet tooth, it may be extra tough for you to entirely give up hard and chewy candies. However, crunching down on a piece of hard candy could cause veneers or crowns to crack or fall out, necessitating additional dental work. Eating chewy foods is also ill-advised because pieces can become easily lodged between the teeth or pull loose a dental fixture.
Using Your Teeth as a Tool
Do you often use your teeth to open plastic bags or chew your nails? Though you may think of your teeth as tough and capable of handling the task of biting into tough materials, they are especially vulnerable after undergoing restorative work. Instead of pulling the metal tab on top of a soup can with your delicate teeth, let your hands or a trusty pair of scissors do the work.
To learn more about caring for your smile after restorative dental work, speak to the team at the Manhattan offices of Dr. Kenn Kakosian, D.D.S, P.C. Dr. Kakosian has been involved in various fields of dentistry including oral surgery, orthodontics, and cosmetic dentistry for nearly 30 years. Schedule your next appointment with Dr. Kakosian by calling us at (212) 661-9777.