Instructions for using a fixed prosthesis

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The prosthesis which you have been fitted with is a medical device which was specially designed for you and was manufactured by a dental laboratory which supplies this studio, on the basis of a prescription written by

this studio in full compliance with Italian and European law (D. Lgs. 46/97; Directive C.E. 93/42).

Even though research has led to the development of material of great efficacy and security, prosthetic devices do not perfectly replace natural teeth; rather, they function only as practical substitutes for teeth which are missing.

A prosthesis restores your organ of mastication, but it does not bring it back to its original level of functionality.  In order to allow you to use your prosthesis safely and effectively,  please consider the following:

INSTRUCTIONS FOR USING A FIXED PROSTHESIS

The prosthesis that you have been fitted with should be correctly maintained, and it should be checked every 6 months by this studio.  We request that you make appointments to have this done.

The home hygiene that you have been taught should be followed scrupulously to make it possible for your prosthesis to last a long time and for your masticatory system to remain in good condition.

The prosthesis was built to function as a substitute chewing device, and it is not designed for difficult tasks or violent traumas such as cracking hard nuts or nougat, breaking objects or opening bottles.

In the event of any type of anomaly in the functioning of the prosthesis, you should come to this studio to verify its condition.

Since the prosthesis might need to be adjusted after it has been fitted, the patient should allow time for returning to the studio to have it checked in the days following treatment.

In the days after a prosthesis has been fitted, it can feel different or strange.  We are at your service to explain and to suggest how the prosthesis can be used appropriately and comfortably.

If the prosthesis becomes discolored or causes a strange taste in your mouth, you should inform us when you have it checked the first time, or you may simply inform the studio by phone.

If your fixed prosthesis has been cemented permanently, you should avoid chewing for  2 to 4 hours for the cement to completely harden.

If your fixed prosthesis has been cemented temporarily, avoid chewing for 2 to 4 hours.  Contact this studio once a month to have the temporary cementation checked.

If you are bothered by a feeling that the prosthesis is moving or by bad smells or tastes or by pain from hot or cold food or liquids, avoid chewing and contact this studio.

If you have problems when bringing your upper and lower teeth together (the prosthesis touches different teeth than normally, you have problems while chewing or any other problems), contact this studio.