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Dental crowns

Dental crowns are permanent tooth covers that are cemented to chipped, cracked or broken teeth to improve their appearance and function.

My new crown is slightly lighter than my natural teeth is there any thing I can do or have done to blend the colors more consistent?

Kamini Talati (Port Saint Lucie, FL) on Oct 2, 2012
Yes, you can whiten your natural teeth
Les Latner (Los Angeles, CA) on Mar 19, 2012
You might consider the at-home teeth whitening using custom-made trays to put the whitening gel in. Keep monitoring the progress and stop when the natural teeth reach the whiteness of your new crown. Les Latner, DDS
Aziza Askari (Farmington Hills, MI) on Mar 19, 2012
Most reputable dentists will try to match your dental restorations to your natural tooth color as closely as possible before placing. The best way to keep your natural teeth and your dental restorations white and uniform is to practice quality dental hygiene—brushing, flossing, and rinsing with a fluoridated mouthwash—and attend regular dental checkups and cleanings. If there is a dramatic difference in color between your natural teeth and your dental restorations, special dental procedures are available to whiten your overall smile. In order to restore the crown’s natural color and whiten the surfaces of your teeth, your dentist will use a special whitening polish. You should not use whitening strips and other over-the-counter products because they can break down the composition of the crown, causing them to fail and stain more easily.
Robert Dolgow (Fort Lauderdale, FL) on Mar 19, 2012
Hi, Zoom (one hour in-office tooth whitening) may be able to whiten your teeth to blend the shade of the new crown to your natural teeth. At home bleaching trays made by your dental professional are another alternative that could help improve your smile. In the case of a front tooth, store bought whitening strips may also be effective (Crest whitestrips, available at CVS or Walgreens).
Mrinal Bhatt (Scottsdale, AZ) on Mar 18, 2012
The most challenging procedure for a dentist is doing a single tooth crown involving your front teeth. Unfortunately incorrect shade matching is common in about 75% of crown remakes. The most common reason for failure is poor communication between the dentist, the patient and the lab technician. Selecting the correct shade is sometimes more of an art than a science. However technology is helping taking the guesswork out of the variations of shade selection. There are digital shade matching devices that the either the dentist or the dental lab can get access to. This machine can quantify the three elements used for correct shade matching, chroma, hue and value using spectrophotography. The results are then converted into the correct porcelain formula used in the restoration. There may be an added fee to this service. The second way is for the dentist to take accurate digital photographs of the porcelain shade tabs against the prepared tooth. This is really helpful for my dental lab because the brightness of the flash shows many of the nuances of the the natural unprepped teeth adjacent to the one being restored. Lastly I always say four eyes or sometimes six eyes are better than two. The dentist can have the lab technician in the operatory with the patient to have a mutual consensus on the shade. Since you already have your new crown see if your dentist can professionally lighten your natural teeth using at home bleach trays and dentist prescribed bleach gels. You can stop bleaching your teeth at will when your teeth look more uniform in color. If you are still not happy with the results talk to your dentist. Many dentists I know would want to know if their patients are not satified.