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Can You Whiten Dental Fillings?

I have very yellow teeth because of stains picked up over the years. I want to whiten them but I also have some white fillings. Will they match? Will they whiten with my teeth or will I need to replace them? Katie Dear Katie, When you whiten your teeth, the only thing which will actually whiten is your natural tooth structure. No dental work whitens with our current technology.  When […]

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Dentist Wouldn’t Fix Crown

I had a dental crown on a molar that already had a problem. It had a crack and a filling in it. I’ve learned now that there was always a possibility this tooth would need a root canal treatment, but I was never told that at the time. The crown hurt from the very beginning, so much so that I couldn’t bite down on that side at all. The dentist […]

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Can You Reduce the Shine on Porcelain Veneers?

I have a problem with my porcelain veneers having an unnatural shine. They are so shiny that it makes it obvious they are fake. Is there a way to reduce the shine some? Katherine Dear Katherine, When porcelain veneers are done correctly, the glazing makes them look very natural. It is also what enables them to be so stain resistant. In fact, they are more stain-resistant than your natural teeth. […]

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When a Crown Feels Off

I have a dental crown that feels off. My dentist has tinkered with it and says there is nothing wrong. I can’t explain exactly what feels off, it just does. My dentist thinks I am just not used to having a dental crown there, but this isn’t my first crown. Is this in my mind or should I pursue it further? Meagan Dear Meagan, I would follow up with this […]

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Dental Implant Crown Doesn’t Match

This is the third crown my dentist has done for my dental implant. He can’t seem to get it to match. The last exchange we had he accused me of being too picky and I should be happy that I have a tooth. Apparently my tooth color is between A1 and A2. I don’t understand why it is impossible with a crown if my dental flipper matched okay? Now he […]

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My Veneers Keeping Coming Off

I need some advice. I’ve been in tears since getting my porcelain veneers. This has not gone as expected and I feel like a guinea pig. The first unexpected thing came when I discovered she ground my teeth down to little dark nubs. I thought porcelain veneers didn’t need to grind down your teeth that much. But, that isn’t the worst part. I start getting this bad smell, then one […]

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Fixing Tetracycline Stains without Porcelain Veneers

I have tetracycline stains. I had bonding put on them several years ago, but they’ve gotten kind of old, bumpy, and stained. I can’t afford porcelain veneers. Is there any way whitening will help? Candace Dear Candace, For the benefit of those who do not know what tetracycline stains are, if you take tetracycline before you are 12 years old, it will deposit in the dentin of your teeth. This […]

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Can I Get Dental Implants after Ten Years?

When I received dentures a little over ten years ago, I always planned on getting dental implants. I just needed to save up for them. I started right away, but of course, we’d have a car, dishwasher, and refrigerator all die during that time. Though I had to start over several times, I finally have the money. Is it too late for me or can I still get dental implants? […]

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Solution for Brown Spots on Teeth?

I have very healthy teeth but my big problem is I have some brown spots on my two front teeth, that have been there since childhood. My dentist is trying very hard to help me. We’ve done every over-the-counter whitening product known to man. All that has done is to whiten around the brown spots, which is making them even more obvious. Now she is talking about grinding down the […]

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Brand New Dentist Doesn’t Stay In

I had to get dentures. My dentist did the impression and then some wax try-ins. It was hard enough losing my teeth, but even though they are brand new, they will not stay in. I talked to my dentist about it and he said to give the gums time to adjust. That didn’t work, so now he’s talking about doing a reline. What good will a reline do if it […]

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