Do Dental Implants Stain?

If you’ve kept up with our blog recently, you know that we’ve been talking about some of the best home remedies for whitening your teeth. One of the solutions we gave was dental implants. Although the main purpose of dental implants is to provide you with an alternative to natural teeth when your natural teeth are no longer functioning the way they used to, it’s important to note the aesthetic improvements as well. In this blog, we’ll talk a little bit about the potential for staining with dental implants.

A Fresh Start

One of the main benefits of dental implants in terms of both functionality and aesthetics is that it offers you a fresh start. Teeth decay — it’s a natural part of getting older. However, with dental implants, you’ll be starting over with a fresh pair of white and durable implants that function just like your natural teeth. If you’ve lost teeth in the past due to poor oral hygiene or a traumatic injury, you’ll have a second chance at having great teeth. Although dental implants can stain, maintaining your oral health practices will allow you to keep them white just like your natural teeth. You’ll also never have to worry about tooth decay ever again!

Expert Advice

When you have a dental implant procedure done by a board-certified periodontist, you’ll have the benefit of having an expert opinion regarding maintaining your dental implants. Although, for the most part, maintaining your dental implants is similar to maintaining your natural teeth in that you’ll need to brush at least twice a day and floss once per day, there are several other considerations you’ll need to take note of if you and your periodontist opt for All-on-4® dental implants. Be sure to speak with your periodontist about this when you go in for an exam.

Contact Same-Day Implants

Although staining is certainly possible with dental implants, it can be avoided regularly through proper oral hygiene and making regular trips to your periodontist and dentist for cleaning. At Same-Day Implants, we take pride in being able to help patients regain the functionality and appearance of their natural teeth including the radiant glow that comes along with having healthy teeth. When you come in for your first exam, we will work to understand your goals as well as your oral health condition so that you can make the best decision possible about your future. We offer both single-tooth and All-on-4 dental implants.

The Best Ways To Whiten Teeth – Part 2

Hello, and welcome back to our blog here at Same-Day Implants. If you recall from last time, we covered several ways for you to whiten your teeth without spending thousands on teeth whitening products. In this blog, we’ll talk about several more ways to whiten up your teeth in addition to improving your overall oral health. If you have any questions, be sure to contact your local periodontists at Same-Day Implants.

Avoid Smoking

It’s no secret that smoking causes tooth discoloration. Not only does smoking stain teeth over years of smoking, but people who smoke regularly have an increased likelihood of contracting gum disease and other serious oral health issues. According to a study in the Journal of Periodontology, people who smoke are three times more likely to experience moderate to severe gum disease. Think of this next time you pull out a cigarette: not only are your teeth getting stained, you’re also putting yourself at higher risk for oral health conditions.

Oil Pulling

Believe it or not, coconut oil can be used as a natural teeth whitening agent. Not only is coconut oil known for whitening teeth, but it has antimicrobial properties, meaning it’s also great for cleaning and protecting gums as well. You can either swish with coconut oil right after brushing or apply some oil directly to the brush itself in addition to your toothbrush. According to the Journal of Contemporary Dental Hygiene, oil pulling is a safe and effective way of whitening teeth and generally improving your overall oral health without side effects and without spending thousands on oral care products to achieve the same results.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar contains compounds like acetic acid, magnesium, potassium enzymes, and probiotics. These components will help eliminate bad bacteria while encouraging the growth of good bacteria that will keep your mouth healthy. The acidity will help to eliminate plaque while removing stains and whitening your teeth. The only trick is to make sure you brush after using apple cider vinegar because the acidity will damage the enamel on your teeth otherwise. Unlike oil pulling, you should avoid applying apple cider vinegar to the teeth via your toothbrush. Instead, use your finger or a cloth to gently rub it on, then wash immediately. You should wait at least 30 minutes before brushing.

Contact Same-Day Implants

Although the main purpose of dental implants is to restore the functionality you once had with your natural teeth. Dental implants also play an important role in providing you with a healthier smile. If you’ve lost teeth for whatever reason, whether due to physical injury or an oral health condition like periodontal disease, you may be a candidate for our same-day dental implant procedures.

At Same-Day Implants, we aim to provide you with a comprehensive oral exam to determine the best course of action for restoring your oral health and functionality. Contact us today to learn about our single-tooth dental implants and All-on-4 dental implants.

The Best Ways To Whiten Teeth

Let’s face it, we’ve all gone on Google at one point or another and typed, “how to whiten my teeth.” Although we all want to keep the “white” in “pearly whites,” there seems to be a lot more questions out there than there are answers. In this blog, we hope to provide you with a few ways to whiten your teeth so that you don’t have to stress over it.

Oftentimes, people will take desperate measures for whitening their teeth resorting to products that use dangerous chemicals. And according to, Americans spent more than $11 billion on teeth whitening products — $1.4 billion of which was at-home whitening products. After reading this blog, you should have a few different options for whitening your teeth without breaking the bank or resorting to using harmful chemicals.

The Cause Of Yellow Teeth

Before we can talk about the best ways to whiten teeth, it’s important to establish what exactly causes yellow teeth in the first place. Poor oral hygiene is most certainly one of the major culprits of yellow teeth. If you forget to brush or don’t brush well enough, plaque will begin to grow on your teeth and eventually make them look yellow.

Gum recession can also cause teeth to appear more yellow; this typically occurs as a result of gum disease or periodontal disease — two of the most common oral health conditions in America. Gum recession results mainly due to the inflammation caused by bacteria in the mouth, however, physical wear and damage can also play a role. Once gums begin to recede, the root of the tooth will be exposed. This part of the tooth has no enamel, and as a result, will appear more yellow or brown in color than the crown of the tooth. Many people don’t realize this is happening, so they resort to whitening methods or brush more vigorously instead of repairing the gum tissue.

Another cause of yellow teeth could be the food or drink you are consuming. If you’re a fan of coffee (who isn’t?) then you’re probably well aware of the staining it will cause. But that’s not the only thing that will cause staining. Try cutting back on foods like curry, balsamic vinegar, and carbonated drinks like sugary soda. Another important thing to note is that you should avoid brushing immediately after consuming something acidic. Instead, wash your mouth out with water and wait about 30 minutes before you brush. This will prevent damage to your enamel according to Colgate.  

Brush More Frequently

Since plaque buildup can lead to receding gums and yellow teeth, it’s only natural that brushing more frequently and consistently will make your teeth more white. Most dentists recommend brushing once in the morning and once at night right before bed. However, as aforementioned, it’s important to avoid brushing right after eating acidic foods or brushing to vigorously in order to avoid damaging gum tissue. Aside from that, brushing more will only help you regain those pearly whites you once had!

Create Your Own Mouthwash

One effective way to whiten your teeth is to make your own mouthwash made of hydrogen peroxide with water and swishing it around your mouth for a minute. The hydrogen peroxide will eliminate harmful bacteria in your mouth and help prevent bad breath. Try mixing the hydrogen peroxide with baking soda instead of water to form a paste that can be applied directly to the teeth and gums. Just make sure there isn’t too much baking soda in your mixture. If the baking soda isn’t diluted enough, it could rub the enamel right off your teeth.

Visit An Oral Health Specialist

At the end of the day, these home remedies should help you regain that bright white color your teeth had when you were younger. However, it’s important to make sure that you’re still seeing an oral health specialist regularly. If you’ve been struggling with maintaining healthy teeth and have lost teeth due to periodontal disease, it’s time for you to speak with a periodontist about dental implants. At Same-Day Implants, we offer everything from oral exams and oral cancer screening to single-tooth dental implants and All-on-4 dental implants. Contact us today.

How Dentures Become Loose

The jawbone supporting your teeth needs the pressure from chewing and biting to maintain its volume and density. When your teeth are lost, that pressure is gone and the bone around the missing teeth gradually dissolves away. When all your teeth are missing, the entire dental arch gradually loses height and thickness, and causes the lower third of your face to collapse.

The pressure on your jaw caused by dentures actually accelerates this bone loss and facial collapse. This is why dentures repeatedly come loose over time and need to be relined or refit. As the jawbone  continues to shrink, it will be harder and harder to make the dentures fit well at all.

Dental implants can be used to retain dentures so they will not slip and become loose. Implants are placed in the jaw with special attachments that snap into corresponding pieces on the underside of the denture. This keeps the denture from slipping or falling out, and eliminates the need for adhesives. However, this system does not provide the increased chewing pressure needed to prevent further loss of bone.

The strongest and most stable solution is to have new teeth fixed onto the implants. Our doctors can place four specially designed implants in your arch that stably support a full-arch set of fixed-in new teeth. These new teeth will have 80% of full chewing power, won’t slip or irritate your gums, and will provide the chewing pressure that prevents further bone loss.

Known as the “All-on-4” procedure, even patients who have severe bone loss can receive this treatment without needing any bone grafting… And in the vast majority of cases, we can perform the entire procedure and have you walk out with new replacement teeth in one visit!