Dental hygienists must understand the composition and properties of esthetic and restorative materials and their respective biocompatibility. Individualized plans should be developed when providing preventive procedures that are based on patient health and restorative needs. Dental hygienists should closely monitor restorations for signs of wear and the need for replacement. For instance, it can be beneficial to polish the amalgam before replacing restorative materials. Make sure to document your findings and communicate them with the dentist, so that together, you can take excellent care of your patient’s dental restorations.