Dealing with Tetracycline Stains
That’s a long word for an unsightly dental problem. What is it anyway? Tetracycline is an antibiotic that kills a wide range of harmful bacteria. If the antibiotic is taken at a very young age when the teeth are forming, it leaves deposits in the dentin (just below the enamel surrounding the pulp) and the enamel. In fact, the deposits can be quite deep in the tooth.
They cause a permanent mild or very dark brown or gray stain. The entire tooth can turn those colors or horizontal bands of stain of differing intensity can appear.
Veneers, a thin porcelain shell bonded over the tooth, are the best way to treat these stains. However, there can be some tricky factors to this procedure. For example:
- The stain can go so deep that an unskilled dentist may over grind the tooth
- The porcelain has to cover the stain but still maintain a natural looking translucency
- The dentist must understand the internal and external light transfusion dynamics so the tooth reflects light naturally
Cynthia selected Dr. Sam Muslin, DDS, MAGD, a cosmetic dentist in Santa Monica, to perform this procedure. The doctor wanted to avoid grinding on the natural teeth before applying the veneers.
Additional Dental Issues
As often occurs, Dr. Muslin’s examination revealed some other problems with Cynthia’s teeth. As the picture suggests, she had a narrow smile, a small lateral incisor, angled teeth and infected gums. Cynthia decided to treat everything in the procedure, which only took two weeks.
Tetracycline Stain Treatment
Dr. Muslin’s primary job was to select the best bonding system and porcelain technology for Cynthia’s stains. Prior to that, though, he treated her gum issues.
Then, he began to use his technical skills and artist’s eye to apply and securely bond the veneers.
Traditional cosmetic dentistry usually requires the tooth structure to be ground down, especially if the patient has tetracycline stains. The doctor tries to apply veneers in a non-invasive manner, which requires little or no grinding.
Bonding requires bacteria free water, purified air, a spotless dental environment, and advanced instrumentation. Also, the quality of Dr. Muslin’s work had to reflect light properly, develop a great contour for the gums, and provide a natural balance of size and shape for the teeth.
For Cynthia, the procedure proved to be a resounding success. All of her tetracycline stains disappeared as if they had never been there!
Contact Dr. Sam Muslin for the very best in cosmetic dentistry.
Non-Surgical Mouth Reconstruction and Facelift Dentistry, Santa Monica, CA