Dental practitioners must understand the composition and properties of esthetic and restorative materials and their respective biocompatibility. Individualized plans should be developed when performing 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 the restorative material. Through consistent documentation of findings and good communication with the dentist, it will be possible to take excellent care of the patient’s dental restorations.
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