Posted by: rob | 2004/10/21



hi im looking at implants , what are the pros and cons long term
also i have a crown on one of my teeth which is looking longer

as i got it when i was still young , do i have to replace it or can they file it down

last question whitenning of teeth was the best option since i have
crowns soon to have implants and how long will it last


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Oral health expert

Implants are a good treatment option if succesful. Nowadays the success rates with implants are extremely high.There are cases where the implant itself fails however this risk can be minimised with a good preop assessment.

It is not likely that you will be able to trim the crown as old crowns all had a layer of metal under the white outer portion. If you trim the white porcelain down, the metal will show.

Different whitening options have different longevities. Diet and habits (smoking etc) also play a role in the maintenance of the white shade.
Choose your whitening option based on a history of good results over a prolonged period.
I use the Night white home bleaching system (cheaper) and the Britesmile one hour light whitening systems in my practice (more costly) and have found that the Britesmile procedure although more costly initially, gives better results over a prolonged period.

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Posted by: reply | 2004/10/22

and does it look exactly as your original tooth?

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Posted by: ss | 2004/10/22

hi, ive just had implant done, i had them done in PMB on tuesday, the cost of them is huge...but wow, it is an amazing new thing, and it doesnt hurt as much as you are sure to be imaginig....

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Posted by: reply | 2004/10/21

i think it can be filed to a certain extent,go to ur dentist and let them tell u if there is enough space to file off,does ur crown look original,,?

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