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Are dental implants stain resistant?

Dental implants are a permanent solution to replacing your missing teeth, and with proper care, the color of your new smile will not change over time. In this post, we’ll explain why the crown that fits onto your implant is stain resistant and teach you how to best care for your new teeth.

Most restorations are made with porcelain

The most commonly used material for dental implant crowns is porcelain. Porcelain won’t stain, but it can be damaged over time. The surface of a porcelain crown can appear to be discolored if the outer layer of the tooth has been scratched or roughed.

Instructions for care

Enjoy the long-term aesthetics of your new smile by following a few easy oral health tips:

  • Brush and floss your natural and replacement teeth at least twice per day. 
  • Schedule a cleaning and checkup twice a year with your dentist. Professional cleaning will extend the life of your new teeth and keep them looking flawless.
  • Avoid smoking or tobacco products. While porcelain is stain resistant, the tar in tobacco will discolor all of your teeth over time. Smoking also increases the risk of other oral disease. 
  • Limit the consumption of coffee, wine and other foods and drinks that can cause staining. This will help keep your smile looking great whether you have dental implants or not.

Can I use whitening toothpaste?

If the surface of your implant crown has been damaged and has changed color, you might be tempted to try a whitening toothpaste. Unfortunately, it won’t work on the material used on a restoration, which is different from your natural enamel. If you notice discoloration around the edges of your replacement teeth, visit your dentist so they can polish the area to remove the stains.