Losing one or more teeth can affect your confidence and comfort in social situations. Thankfully, dental implants provide a viable solution, featuring titanium screws topped with a natural-looking restoration. However, if you’re wondering whether these replacement teeth can develop stains similar to your natural teeth, you’re not alone. Read on as we delve into the question of whether dental implants can become discolored.
How Teeth Stain
Staining of teeth occurs when substances like coffee, tea, red wine, cola, grape juice, and other pigmented foods or drinks accumulate in the protein film covering the enamel. Additionally, when tooth enamel becomes thin, it may reveal the dentin layer underneath. As this inner layer is naturally yellow, it can contribute to the appearance of tooth discoloration.
3 Things That Can Cause Implant Discoloration
Dental implants are commonly crafted from titanium, and the restorations adorning them are typically composed of dental-grade porcelain. This material boasts high stain resistance, reducing the likelihood of discoloration. However, certain factors may contribute to potential staining, including:
- Discolored cement: Implant restorations, like crowns, are often secured in place with dental cement. If this cement discolors over time, it can impart a stained appearance to the crowns.
- Titanium visibility: Placing titanium dental implants too close to the front of the gums may result in the dark color of titanium showing through, creating a perceived discoloration.
- Scratched glaze: Implant restorations feature a glaze for a realistic appearance. If this glaze becomes scratched or damaged, it can contribute to a discolored appearance.
How to Avoid Implant Staining
To minimize the risk of scratching your implant restorations, it is advisable to use a toothbrush and toothpaste that are non-abrasive. Additionally, maintaining a consistent oral hygiene routine, including brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, is essential.
Similarly, it is advisable to steer clear of smoking cigarettes and using other tobacco products. Limiting the consumption of foods and drinks known for causing stains is also beneficial. When indulging in dark beverages like coffee and cola, using a straw can help minimize their contact with your smile.
If your implant restorations become discolored, your dentist can fix them by reglazing, replacing discolored cement, or making new ones. This will allow your implants to last longer for a gorgeous grin to withstand the test of time!
About the Practice
At Center One Dental, we are committed to addressing a wide range of oral health issues, from cavities to complex reconstructive procedures. Our restorative treatments include dental implants to fill gaps in your smile. We provide advice on maximizing the lifespan of your implants to ensure a lasting, beautiful, and healthy grin. Contact our office at (724) 300-3700 or visit our website to discover more about dental implants or to schedule an appointment.