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What Causes Teeth Staining?

Tooth discoloration is a problem that happens to everyone over time. Despite being a normal concern, stains can make people feel self-conscious about their smile, even causing them to hide their teeth in public. If you struggle with yellow or brown teeth stains—or just want to brighten the overall shade of your teeth—our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Andrew E. Skasko, offers multiple dental procedures that can help transform the look of your smile. 

Depending on the types of stains you have on your teeth and what caused them, you may be a better candidate for one type of treatment over another. Common causes of teeth staining include the following: 

  • Certain foods and drinks, such as coffee, tea, wine, berries, marinara, and curry
  • Overexposure to fluoride as a child
  • Medications, like tetracycline antibiotics
  • Trauma that caused internal damage
  • Smoking or using other tobacco products

Whenever possible, you may want to avoid these culprits or at least limit them to minimize teeth staining. However, even if you don’t eat staining foods or have a habit of smoking, you may find your teeth aren’t as bright as they once were. 

To help whiten your teeth for a beautiful and healthy-looking smile, you may be a good candidate for a procedure like teeth whitening or porcelain veneers. When stains are on the surface of teeth, they can often be reversed with the bleaching process involved in many teeth whitening methods. However, if the stains are more severe, such as from tetracycline, you may require a solution like veneers, which conceal cosmetic concerns like stains, as well chips, cracks, and gaps. 

Do you want to lighten your teeth and remove discoloration? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Skasko to learn how you can achieve bright, beautiful teeth you can’t help but show off!

What Are My Tooth Replacement Options?

The best replacement for a missing tooth will vary based on the patient’s unique needs and lifestyle. At Elite Dental Dr. Andrew E. Skasko offers a variety of tooth replacement options to restore oral function while ensuring highly natural-looking results. For patients with only one missing tooth, the most beneficial options typically include a dental bridge or a dental implant with a porcelain crown attached. If several teeth need to be replaced, conventional dentures, implant dentures, and implant bridges are often the ideal replacement options. Each of these restorations can be customized to fill the gaps left behind and be virtually undetectable from the surrounding teeth.

Utilizing advanced smile design technology, Dr. Skasko works with his patients to create a digital mockup of their new restoration to allow them to “try on” their tooth replacement and provide feedback. This helps him to better understand the patient’s expectations and plan the details of their treatment accordingly. During this process, Dr. Skasko educates the individual on their options to ensure they understand both the benefits and limitations of the different restoration types.

For more information about which tooth replacement option is right for your needs, please contact Elite Dental to schedule an appointment with Dr. Skasko.

Experience the Elite Dental Approach to World Class Smile Design.

My most important attribute is my smile. I had an old set of crowns I wasn’t pleased with and when I moved to Ohio and met Dr. Skasko and The Elite Dental Team, I knew immediately that was the team I wanted to perfect and customize my new smile. It was a seamless and painless procedure and I could not be more pleased with the amazing results!

– Judy

Experience the Elite Dental Approach to Full Mouth Reconstruction

I went to Elite Dental due to stained teeth, missing teeth, broken teeth…basically needing an overhaul. Not only did Dr. Skasko do a beautiful job on my teeth, but my total look and confidence level changed. He took the time to make sure everything was perfect. He totally changed my life! I moved to Naples, Florida, but he is still my dentist…twice a year! I love my smile…it’s my best asset!

– Judy

Experience the Elite Dental Approach to Personalized Veneers

I was the guy who would say, “Yeah, sorry I can’t fake a smile for a picture”, but in reality, I didn’t like my teeth or smile. Luckily I went to Dr. Skasko and he not only changed my smile, but also my perception on how a true professional dentist should educate, communicate, and LISTEN to a patient. He is a meticulous perfectionist who will not let you leave unless you are 110% satisfied with the work.

– Jermey

Experience the Elite Dental Approach to Personalized Veneers

Elite Dental gave me a reason to smile; and I can’t stop.

Over the last year, it was brought to my attention that I wasn’t smiling in photos anymore; or I was avoiding the camera all together. From my first consultation, the level of compassion and commitment Dr. Skasko and his team conveyed put me immediately at ease. Not only is he a detailed perfectionist, he wants to make sure you genuinely love your smile. Thank you, Elite Dental, for exceeding my expectations! Now I don’t even wait for the photo cue; I’m always ready for ‘cheese’.

– Sonya W.

Hidden Consequences of Losing Teeth

Teeth can come loose and eventually be lost due to a number of causes, including decay, gum disease, injury, or advanced wear over time. While a missing tooth may initially only seem like an aesthetic concern, there are a number of hidden problems that can occur over time if the missing tooth isn’t replaced.

  • The remaining teeth begin to shift. If a lost tooth is not replaced, this can cause the adjacent teeth to move into the space since there isn’t support to keep them in position.
  • Bone starts to be resorbed. When a tooth is missing, there is no longer a root to stimulate the jawbone. This leads to bone recession and a decrease in bone mass.
  • Gum tissue gradually recedes. As the bone deteriorates, the gum tissue will also begin to recede since there isn’t a structure for support.
  • The lower portion of the face may change in shape. This is caused by missing or slowly deteriorating oral structures that previously contributed to the full cheek appearance.
  • The face may look prematurely aged. Between tooth loss and the teeth gradually wearing down, the distance between the nose and chin may begin to decrease leading to wrinkles and an older facial appearance.

Since a variety of issues can present themselves when a tooth is not replaced, Dr. Andrew Skasko offers multiple treatment options for patients to choose from—from bridges and conventional dentures to dental implants and implant-supported dentures. Dr. Skasko will meet with you to perform an oral examination and discuss what you hope to achieve with your tooth replacement. In many cases, dental implant-based solutions are recommended if the patient proves to be a good candidate. This is because implants are the most lifelike replacement for a missing tooth and are the only solution that can help prevent bone resorption.

For more information about the tooth replacement options available at Elite Dental, please contact us to schedule your appointment with Dr. Skasko.

Experience the Elite Dental Approach to Minimally Invasive Smile Correction

The Elite Dental team is amazing! They genuinely care about not just having a pretty smile, but making sure you’re smiling throughout the process! Dr. Skasko is talented, detail orientated, and the ultimate perfectionist when it comes to making sure your results exceed expectations!

– Brittany J.

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