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can i have laser teeth whitening done if i have fillings and crowns? i have several silver fillings and two crowns, and would like to have my teeth whitened. would i still be able to have laser teeth whitening performed, or would i have to try another opt

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Dr. Michael Wollock
Dentistry 29 years experience
Vallejo, Laser : Vallejo, laser whitening will work but will not whiten the crowns. If your crowns are in an esthetic area you may need to replace. This should occur after you achieve the shade you desire. Hope this is helpful, michael i. Wollock, dmd, agd fellow dentistry at suburban square 610-649-0313 www.Dentistryatsuburbansquare.Com.
Dr. A Boyajian
Specializes in Dentistry
Yes. : Yes. As mentioned by other dentists, you can whiten your teeth. Though the crowns and fillings will not change color. If you have crowns in the "esthetic zone", i recommend consulting with a dentist (not at a mall) before you whiten. He can show you the expected outcome; and together you can determine whether to simply whiten or whiten in conjunction with changing one or more restorations.
Dr. Neil McLeod
Prosthodontics 49 years experience
Your : Your natural tooth structure if permeable and absorbs stains, but porcelain crowns and composite resin fillings are not permeable in the same way. Porcelain not at all, and composite only superficially. So while your teeth may stain the restorative materials will not although they might acquire a superficial layer of adherent stain that will not penetrate the structure of the material. Tooth whitening works by liberating oxygen at the surface of the tooth which penetrates and reduces the color. This process will not affect porcelain and composite. So in answer to your question yes you can have your teeth whitened , but do not expect your crowns and fillings to change color. It the color shift you are desiring is different or lighter than your crowns and fillings you will need to budget for the cost of additional treatment cost. Dr. Neil mcleod dds dentistry that lasts - quality that counts.
Dr. Alan Zweig
Dentistry 45 years experience
Yes. : Yes. You can whiten your teeth. The crowns and fillings will not change color. That should not be too much of a problem unless they are in the front of your mouth.

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