Whether you are considering dental implants or you just had them placed, it is common for patients to ask about their staining potential compared to natural teeth. Can your implants show discoloration? If so, do they show it quicker or slower than normal teeth? These are questions we routinely answer at the office of Dr. Wayne Suway. Dr. Suway is a dental implants expert who welcomes the opportunity to tell you what you can expect from this revolutionary method in teeth replacement.
A Stain-Resistant Solution
The good news is that your dental implants won’t disappointment you in terms of discoloration. They are considered stain-resistant as well as decay-resistant. However, this doesn’t mean your dental implants are stain proof! You still have to take care of them to protect their natural white hue.
Do Your Part
Dental Implants are made from ceramic porcelain. Fortunately, this material produces a glass-like surface that looks natural and is very resistant to stains. However, if the glaze polish breaks down, due to abrasive materials, bad dental habits or other factors, your susceptibility to staining increases. Always use a gentle toothpaste and toothbrush on your dental implants and avoid fluoride treatments.
The other material used in dental implants is the bonding material that adheres the prosthetic tooth (dental implant restoration) to the implant. While bonding materials are naturally white and also stain-resistant, they still need proper cleaning and care. Make sure you clean along the gum line and schedule a professional cleaning on a routine basis. This ensures that the base of your implant stays white as well.
One of the primary benefits to having dental implants is that you can treat them just like natural teeth. Therefore, to keep your implants and the surrounding existing teeth as white as possible, avoid the following:
- Red wine
- Dark-colored soda
- Smoke from cigarettes and cigars
- Chewing tobacco
Want to learn more about dental implants? Contact Dr. Wayne Suway in Marietta.