My white fillings are stained

2013.06.27

I just got white fillings in January and they are stained already. I smoke and the tar or nicotine has yellowed my fillings. Can I get them white again? Todd

Todd – If the stains on your composite fillings are only surface stains, your cosmetic dentist may be able to polish away most of the stains. If the stains are below the surface of the white fillings, they can’t be polished away.

As you likely know, you can protect your lungs and teeth if you don’t smoke. If you have front teeth that are filled, porcelain veneers may be an alternative; they are much more stain resistant than composite.

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Sensitivity with my dental bridge

2013.06.11

I have a dental bridge and noticed lately when I brush or eat sweets, the back tooth in the bridge gets sensitive. What could be the problem?

How long have you had the dental bridge? If you received it recently, it’s normal for it to be sensitive for several weeks. If you’ve had the bridge for a while, a cavity could be developing or there may be plaque buildup that is leading to the beginning stages of gum disease.

You should have the dental bridge examined by your dentist. Early treatment can prevent the problem from progressing. A dental bridge should be thoroughly brushed and flossed. Ensure that you floss around and beneath the dental bridge to remove food debris, so that bacteria and plaque won’t build and cause an infection.

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How long does teeth bonding last?

2013.06.10

I have 2 chipped teeth. I am deciding on whether to fix it with porcelain veneers or teeth bonding. How long does teeth bonding last? Thanks. Veronica

Veronica – Dental bonding works well for small repairs in teeth. Although it is not as durable as porcelain, if taken care of, it can last up to ten years.

Smoking, coffee, and tea tend to stain bonding. Excessive alcohol consumption will weaken the bonding and cause it to wear away prematurely.

Find a skilled cosmetic dentist who uses quality bonding material and has a variety of material so that the bonding will match your natural teeth. Keep your appointment for regular checkups and cleanings. If your bonding stains frequently, your cosmetic dentist may be able to polish the stains away.

Take care of your bonding to help it last long.

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