Dental implants are an excellent way to replace a missing tooth or teeth. Basically, a dental implant is constructed to serve as an artificial root and then a replacement tooth is attached to it. The dental implant serves as an anchor that keeps the replacement tooth in place. Replacement teeth can be made from a variety of materials such as porcelain or plastic.
Many of those with dental implants wonder if they can get them whitened. While whitening will not harm your implants, it may have no effect on them. In general, whitening materials do not work on replacement teeth, but rather only for natural teeth. If your implants have become stained or you desire an overall teeth whitening, consider the following tips:
If you have been thinking about getting your teeth whitened, you may want to consider doing so before your dental implant. That way, the replacement tooth or teeth can be made to match the shade of your teeth after whitening.
Normal wear and tear may cause some discoloration of your dental implant. Some substances such as tobacco, tea, and coffee may also cause your teeth to stain. If this should occur, often times, a simple polishing will remove the stain. Consult your dentist and be sure that they are using a non-abrasive polishing paste so that there is no scratching of the porcelain of your teeth.
- Choose porcelain
If you have the option for your dental implants, choose to have porcelain replacement teeth. The need for whitening will be significantly less, as porcelain hardly ever discolors.
If you want to whiten your teeth after you receive your dental implant, be aware that your implant may be a different shade than your natural teeth. Should this occur, you may want to consider replacing your replacement teeth in order to have all of your teeth match in color.
- Consult your dentist
Before choosing to whiten or not whiten your teeth, consult with your dentist. Your dentist will know all the risks and rewards and can share your best option with you.
By following our tips for teeth whitening with dental implants, you are sure to get the results you want. Call your dentist today for a consultation!