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In Practice Maintenance of Esthetic Restorations In Practice Maintenance of Esthetic Restorations

Author(s):

Ronald Goldstein, DDS

Date Added:

1/2/2002


Summary:

During my career in dentistry, I have seen patients successfully maintain their restorations for more than 40 years. Other patients have needed replacement or repair in less than 5 years. Why is there such a tremendous range? Obviously, the lifespan of a restoration has a strong correlation to its original fabrication quality. But professional dental oral maintenance plus home care by the patient can greatly influence the lifespan of restorations as well. This article addresses the basic elements of a successful hygiene maintenance program, including the patient’s home care regimen and the role of the dental hygienist and dentist.

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