What Factors Influence Tooth Discoloration?

Many of our patients struggle with discolored teeth. The good news is that we offer four whitening packages at StarWhite Dental — from in-office treatments to at-home whitening kits.

The tooth whitening process of your choice, however, should be based on the underlying factor of tooth discoloration. Therefore it is best to first figure out what causes discolored teeth in the first place. We have outlined them below!

  • Genetics. There are individuals who are born with enamel that is thinner than normal. The teeth appear more yellow due to the underlying dentin.
  • Certain medical conditions such as extreme cases of fluorosis and certain types of fungal infection. Improper development of the enamel may also be a result of amelogenesis or dentinogenesis.
  • Use of certain medications such as tetracycline during pregnancy (this affects the child rather than the mother) and early childhood. Certain antihistamines and antidepressants have also been shown to cause tooth discoloration.
  • Poor dental hygiene (brushing, flossing, regular dental cleanings)
  • Chronic smoking
  • Certain foods such as coffee, wine, tea, and dark-colored sodas

Tooth whitening at StarWhite Dental
At StarWhite Dental we use the Opalescence whitening product line. Opalescence products contain PF, which helps prevent cavities, reduce tooth sensitivity, and improve overall health of your enamel. Opalescence is only available through our office.

Set up an appointment with the StarWhite today and we’ll help you decide which tooth whitening option is best for you. Call 951-698-4426 to schedule an appointment!

Beautiful New Crowns In Just One Day

Many patients will eventually find themselves in need of a dental crown. There are many reasons that you may find yourself needing this type of repair or restoration of your tooth. The most common reasons include the need to protect a tooth that has become too weak due to tooth decay or a crack or to restore a broken tooth. If you need a filling but find that there is not much healthy tooth enamel left for the restoration – this may also require your dentist to use a dental crown.

Other uses for dental crowns include support for dental bridges and covers to dental implants. Some patients are often turned away from the idea of receiving a dental crown out of fear for how long the process will be. Typically, porcelain or ceramic dental crowns can take up to three visits to complete. This method will require a patient to be fitted with a potentially loose, temporary crown in the meantime.

However with new CEREC technology you can now receive a beautiful, permanent crown in just one dental visit. CEREC’s precision 3-D technology allows us to create a customized crown that fits your teeth perfectly and is completely compatible with your natural tooth structure.

Contact our office to learn more today!

Why Should I Remove My Wisdom Teeth?

Also referred to as “third molars” the wisdom teeth are the last teeth to grow and erupt from your gums. They appear at the far back of your mouth on the upper and lower jaw and on both sides. Typically, wisdom teeth begin to appear during the late teenage years or even into your twenties.

You may be confused if your wisdom teeth have yet to appear, but your dentist recommends their removal. Even if you wisdom teeth have yet to erupt, they can pose risks to your smile. Below the surface of the gums your wisdom teeth can begin to crowd and change the spacing of your existing teeth. Even if you do not see them and are not in any pain, it may be important to have them removed.

The younger you are, the easier it will be to have your wisdom teeth removed. The longer you wait the more time the roots will have to form and take hold in the jaw. Removing a wisdom tooth later can result in nerve damage to the jaw.

Failing to remove your wisdom teeth can lead to cosmetic imperfections but also jaw pain, swelling, gum disease and infection. Contact us to learn more today.