Thanks to advancements in modern dental care, you can have your teeth fully restored or replaced and a beautiful smile easier than ever before. Look for your local BARD Member, Certified Member, Diplomate or Fellow who have shown their experience and skills in passing examinations set by their peers and who can perform procedures such as teeth whitening, veneers, natural tooth coloured fillings, crowns, full mouth reconstructions, smile makeovers, bridgework, periodontal treatment, root fillings, modern orthodontics and dental implants in order to give you the smile you have always dreamed of !
Restorative Dentistry is comprehensive full mouth care that combines art and science of restoring teeth to optimally improve dental health, aesthetics and function.
Hints and Tips
At BARD we have numerous dentists on hand to offer their patient hints and tips to improving, maintaining and protecting their smile.
Maintaining your new teeth and smile
There are several things to remember when caring for your new teeth and smile. Regular visits to your Dentist and Dental Hygienist* are crucial for maintaining the health of your restorations. If the gum tissue is healthy with regular periodontal (gum disease) screenings, the life of the restoration will increase and the beauty will be maintained as well.
Getting your teeth cleaned on a regular basis helps to promote gum tissue health. Proper techniques for home care will be given by a dental hygienist*.
Flossing is a key adjunct to massage the gum tissue and again reduce food, debris and formation of plaque in between the teeth. This is a crucial part of ensuring a lifelong beautiful smile. It will also increase the life of restorations.
Brushing 2 x daily helps to keep the gum tissue healthy. It also removes surface plaque and stain to help maintain your beautiful teeth and smile.
NEVER use your teeth as a tool! Biting or chewing on things such as pens, ice or holding things between your teeth may cause damage to your restorations.
Toothpicks should be avoided unless they are used very gently and with caution, as gum tissue damage can sometimes occur.
Choose a toothpaste that is non-abrasive and is a gel form. If problems with staining occur, brushing after drinking coffee, teas, or fizzy drinks may be necessary.
*A dental hygienist will be able to address any concerns or questions that you may have. If any problems occur, they will usually be very small if found early.
Stopping smoking is also encouraged to help eliminate staining and overall oral health and you should be aware that all this reduces the life span of certain composite restorations.
IT IS VITAL THAT CARING FOR YOUR RESTORATIONS BE DONE BY A TRAINED PROFESSIONAL. IF PROPER POLISHES, INSTRUMENTS, AND PRODUCTS ARE NOT USED, IT MAY CAUSE DAMAGE TO YOUR INVESTMENT IN YOUR NEW TEETH AND SMILE.
In general, it would be wise to plan on financing your restorative dentistry on your own or through one of the various financing plans offered by many dentists. While restorative dentistry is often necessary, cosmetic dental procedures are often elected by the patient.
Third party financing sources are available with options such as no interest for 12 months and/or interest rates equivalent to purchasing a used car. Of course, one’s credit history may affect the outcome of such financing options and the ability to qualify.