When you replace a tooth with a dental implant, you’ll probably be happy to know that your new restoration is in no danger of suffering from decay or cavities. But what about the stains that leaves your natural teeth looking dull? Dental implant restorations are known to be stain resistant, but that doesn’t make them completely immune. Here’s what you need to know about stains on dental implant crowns – and how they can be avoided.
Do Dental Implants Stain Easily?
Compared to your natural teeth, dental implant crowns are actually less likely to become stained. The restorations they support are typically made of porcelain, which is a material that resists stains. However, if the surface of your restoration becomes compromised – such as by porcelain chips or other mechanical damages – they could develop a rough surface that’s more likely to become discolored. In short, dental implant crowns don’t necessarily stain easily, but if they aren’t cared for properly, they could eventually become discolored.
What Can Stain Dental Implants?
Implant restorations can be stained by the same kind of substances that can discolor your natural teeth. This includes dark colored foods and beverages such as tomato sauce, blueberries, coffee, red wine, cola, fruit juices, and more. Also, if you smoke or use tobacco products, the risk of your teeth and implant restorations becoming stained rises significantly. The more often you expose your teeth to staining substances, the more likely it is that your new teeth will eventually lose their luster.
How Can You Avoid Dental Implant Stains?
The following tips can help you keep your dental implants stain-free for a very long time:
- Brush and floss at least twice a day.
- Avoid smoking or chewing tobacco altogether. Not only does this help you avoid stains, but it lowers your risk of gum disease, which is a major cause of implant failure.
- Take note of stain-causing foods and beverages so that you can limit your exposure to them. For dark-colored drinks like coffee, you can minimize the effect they have on your implants by drinking them through a straw; that way, the liquid will mostly or completely bypass your restoration.
- Avoid “whitening” toothpastes. They won’t have any effect on removing stains from implant restorations, and there’s a high chance they’ll remove the protective glaze.
The answer to the question “Do dental implants stain?” is unfortunately yes, but luckily there are plenty of things you can do to protect your new teeth. Talk to your dentist if you’d like further advice for keeping your newly restored smile looking as bright as possible.
About the Author
Dr. Alexander Schrott is highly trained in dental implants and periodontics, and he is a Fellow of the International Team for Implantology. He has given numerous presentations on dental implant therapy throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. His research on dental implants was awarded the Balint-Orban Memorial Price by the American Academy of Periodontology. To schedule a consultation, visit our website or call (617) 484-9240.