I can still see my tetracycline stains

My dentist said teeth whitening can take care of my tetracycline stains. I was so excited to get the whitening done, but you can still see the stains. ¬†Why didn’t it work?

Cynthia S. – Portland, OR

Cynthia,

Tetracycline stains are some of the toughest to deal with. Some of the stains can be so dark that even teeth whitening won’t deal with them.

If you have an expert cosmetic dentist in your area, preferably someone AACD accredited, I recommend you get porcelain veneers.

Don’t just let any old family dentist or even one who calls himself or herself a cosmetic dentist do this. This is an difficult type of case to treat. Without the expertise, they will either get the veneers too opaque in an attempt to cover the stains or not opaque enough and the stains will show through.

You want the stains covered while having a natural translucency.

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Can your jaw shrink?

I’ve had dentures for a long time. Though my mouth doesn’t feel normal, there’s never been any serious problem. Lately, It seems as if my jaw/chin area is shrinking. Is that even possible, or am I imagining things?

Murray P. – Carson City, Nevada

Murray,

You’ve asked a great question. The answer is very important. In fact, it is something your dentist should have warned you about BEFORE he gave you dentures.

When all your teeth are removed for your dentures, your body, recognizing that you no longer have any roots to your teeth, begins to redistribute the minerals from your jawbone to use elsewhere. This is  remarkable feat of conservationism.

Unfortunately, that means your jawbone will begin to shrink after so many years. This is what you’re experiencing now. It’s one of the more serious consequences of having dentures.

The only way to counteract this problem wiht with bone grafting. Unfortunately, youll just end up right back where you were if you continue with dentures. If you want to prevent it from happening again, you’ll need a treatment that tricks your body into thinking you have your tooth roots. The best treatment for that is to get dental implants.

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