One question we hear often from new patients is “Will my new dental implants discolor over time?” While there may be a rare exception, modern materials used to make crowns over dental implants are made to retain their original color forever. In fact, many patients end up with the opposite problem; their natural teeth discolor as they age, and their dental implants look too white by comparison. In either case, there are some things you can do to help avoid the issue, or to help remedy the situation if it already exists.
Modern dental implant crowns, or the part of the dental implant that you see, are very resistant to staining and discoloration. There are, however, some things you can do to help reduce the chances of yellowing. First and foremost is to forego the use of tobacco. Tobacco products are one of the most damaging things you can put in your mouth, and can not only cause discoloration of a dental implant, but will also wreak havoc on your oral health. Regular, heavy use of tobacco can be so damaging to your oral health that it can devastate the gums and healthy jawbone. In addition to tobacco use, regular heavy use of coffee, tea, and soft drinks can, potentially, cause staining. If you consume these drinks, always remember to brush and floss immediately afterwards.
If you find yourself in the opposite of this situation, and your natural teeth are yellowing, but your dental implants are very white by comparison, there is a potential solution for you. The most attractive solution for many patients is to have their natural teeth whitened to return them to the shade they were when the dental implant was created. This is typically the easiest solution, and provides for a renewed, whitened smile, while once again blending the natural teeth with the implant crown color.
With proper care, most patients enjoy a lifetime of healthy, natural-looking and feeling teeth through the miracle of modern dental implants. By following these simple guidelines, you can help keep your dental implants and natural teeth blending seamlessly, and prevent discoloration of either. If you have any questions or concerns about your dental implants, please don’t hesitate to contact Truckee-Tahoe dental implant expert, Dr. Martin.