I had a dental implant placed. It isn’t on a front tooth but it is visible when I smile. Recently, I had my teeth whitened, but the dental implant tooth didn’t whiten at all. Now it is really obvious that it is fake because the rest of my teeth are so much whiter than this one tooth. What do I use to whiten the dental implant?
I will say that I am frustrated on your behalf. It seems neither your dentist or implant dentist understands how dental implants or teeth whitening works. When you have your teeth whitened, it will only whiten your natural teeth. The dental crown on your implant will be the same.
Because of that, a wise dentist who is providing dental implants will make sure their patients are aware if they want to whiten their teeth at some point, it will be better for them to do so before their implant crown is made. Once that color is made it is permanent.
That doesn’t mean you will be stuck with an ugly tooth. The solution is to have the implant crown replaced. It can be re-made to match your new whiter color. This does cost more, which is why I always recommend whitening get done first.
It is a shame that you were not advised of this ahead of time.
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