December 9, 2021
If you’re missing teeth, it can be difficult to perform simple daily tasks, like eating, speaking, and smiling. The good news is that you don’t need to go the rest of your life with unsightly gaps in your smile. Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth, as they have so many benefits, but how do they look? Can dental implants become stained like your natural teeth? Continue reading to learn what you can expect.
Do Dental Implants Become Discolored?
Dental implants themselves are usually made from titanium, as it is biocompatible and therefore ideal when it comes to the osseointegration process (when the implant fuses with the jawbone). The crown that is attached to the end of the implant is generally made from ceramic porcelain materials that are resistant to stains. Ultimately, this means that your replacement tooth will not easily stain as long as you maintain the glaze on the surface of the tooth. However, if you attempt to polish them with abrasive materials, the surface will become rough, and they will be more likely to become discolored.
How Do You Care for Dental Implants to Prevent Discoloration?
Dental implants are designed to act just like your natural teeth, and they need to be cared for in the same way. To minimize your chances of discoloration, here are some tips to help:
- Avoid Smoking: Now is a great time for you to give up smoking for good if you’re getting dental implants. Tobacco products contain tar and nicotine. Both of these discolor teeth. Additionally, smoking and chewing tobacco can cause your implant to fail.
- Stay Away from Tannins: Some food and drinks, like coffee, berries, red wine, and tea, contain tannins. This substance can leave behind dark stains that are difficult to remove.
- Don’t Use Highly Abrasive Toothpastes: Regular toothpastes that people use can be highly abrasive to ceramic or porcelain. This means additional damage and stains. Stick to non-abrasive dental products and a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Brush After Each Meal: When food is left behind, the bacteria in the mouth feed on it and release a weak acid as a byproduct. This can mean cavities on your natural teeth and staining throughout your smile. By brushing after meals, you can limit these negative effects.
Dental implants are a great way to restore the function and appearance of your smile. Ultimately, with proper maintenance, staining is nothing to worry about.
About the Author
Dr. Jennifer Reed is an experienced dentist who has been working in the field since 1993. She earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from UNMC College of Dentistry before pursuing her specialization in prosthodontics. Currently, she is a proud member of the Nebraska Dental Association, American Dental Association, American Association for Women Dentists, American Prosthodontic Society, and American College of Prosthodontists. She is also a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. For more information on dental implants or to schedule a consultation at her office in Lincoln, visit her website or call (402) 488-5007.
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