There are several types of dental discoloration, and it can occur for a variety of reasons. Fortunately, if you are struggling with stained teeth, your San Diego dentist offers several treatments to improve your smile. First, Dr. Georgaklis will determine the type of stains you have and what may have caused them. He will also discuss your lifestyle, budget, treatment goals, and oral health. Working together in this way, you can find the right La Jolla stained teeth treatment option for you.
Extrinsic Stains: The Most Common Type of Discoloration
When you think of dental stains, you probably picture the kind of discoloration that comes from food and drink. These stains are located on the surface of your dental enamel. When you frequently eat or drink heavily pigmented substances, dark colored molecules called chromogens will attach to your teeth. This will give your smile a slightly yellow or brownish tint. Traditional whitening is usually the optimal treatment for these stains. We offer both in-office and take-home care and will help you select the right type of whitening for your needs.
Tetracycline Stained Teeth – San Diego Treatment Options
Tetracycline and similar antibiotics can also cause stains. These medications contain specific compounds that will incorporate into the biochemical makeup of your teeth, leading to discoloration. This is especially likely to occur if young children or pregnant women take these medications. However, long-term use of tetracycline can also cause discoloration in adults. Traditional whitening cannot erase intrinsic stains. However, porcelain veneers or dental bonding can cover up your teeth to hide discoloration completely.
Trauma Can Cause Discoloration
In some cases, dark colored stains may be the result of dental damage. If you notice that a single tooth has started to change color from the inside, you may have an infection. Alternatively, a physical blow may have damaged the root. In these cases, root canal therapy may be the most effective solution. Dr. Georgaklis can combine a traditional root canal with ozone therapy for more comfortable and effective care.
Old Restorations and Discoloration
Older fillings and dental crowns were often made of metal. If you have one of these restorations, the dark material may begin to show through your tooth, or the tooth-colored porcelain coating may start to wear off. For this reason (and many others) Dr. Georgaklis only uses holistic, metal-free crowns and fillings. He can also replace your old restoration.
Fluorosis is caused by excess consumption of fluoride. In most cases, this mineral is extremely beneficial, and it can greatly reduce your risk for dental decay. However, if a child gets too much fluoride when his or her teeth are developing, white spots may appear. In rare cases, fluorosis can even cause yellow or brown discoloration. As with tetracycline stains, teeth whitening will not erase these spots. However, Dr. Georgaklis may recommend veneers or bonding to enhance your grin.
Find the Right La Jolla Stained Teeth Treatment
No matter which type of discoloration you have, there is no reason to suffer from the embarrassment of stained teeth. Contact your San Diego dentist to learn more about your treatment options. George Georgaklis, DDS offers effective, comfortable, and personalized care.