If you got your tooth restorations years ago, you may have noticed that the dental implants or crowns no longer match the color of your natural teeth.
You know they matched when you got them, so why is the old implant a different color from the rest of your smile today?
Although you might assume the implant has changed color over time, chances are it’s your natural teeth that have changed color, and staining is likely to blame.
Natural Teeth Are Prone to Staining
Today’s restorations are designed to resist staining. But their durability could be the real reason your old restoration seems to stick out like a sore thumb.
Natural teeth are porous, and therefore highly susceptible to staining. So your tooth restorations likely look the same as they did the day they were placed, while your natural teeth look much darker because of staining.
Your Old Tooth Restoration May Have Discolored
On the other hand, older dental implants and crowns are not always impervious to stains. So although it’s unlikely, the mismatch in color could be at least partially due to staining.
If you regularly use an abrasive toothpaste or rinse with an acidic fluoride wash, the protective coating on your restorations can wear away. Once that happens, the replacement teeth become vulnerable to staining.
How to Minimize Tooth Staining
Some whitening agents can be safely used with crowns and dental implants, but the best way to minimize tooth staining is to take a preventive approach.
Use a gentle toothpaste and mouth rinse so the protective finish is less likely to break down. Smoking can stain natural teeth and implants, so try to quit using tobacco to minimize this problem.
Certain foods and drinks can also leave their mark on your smile.
Coffee, tea, red wine, blueberries and beets a just a few common stain-makers. Try drinking beverages through a straw to prevent them from coming into contact with your teeth, and be sure to brush and rinse after indulging in any foods or drinks that stain.
What to Do if an Old Tooth Restoration Does Not Match
If you’re embarrassed or self-conscious about how your old implants don’t match your natural teeth, an oral surgeon can help.
Today’s dental implants and crowns are more resistant to wear and discoloration than those placed many years ago. If your tooth restoration is a mismatch, you can have it replaced — and an expert oral surgeon can make sure that your new restoration is indistinguishable from the rest of your teeth.
The experienced oral surgeons at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah have extensive experience and training with dental implants. Under our expert care, you can get a naturally beautiful smile. Contact our Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan or Tooele office to schedule a tooth restoration consultation today.