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Old 09-03-2005, 05:44 PM   #1
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front teeth filling turns yellow?? *pls help!*

hi everyone,

i sorta asked this question as a sub-qn in my original thread regarding replacing dental amalgams but didn't receive a reply, i hope that someone out there can help me out with this!!

i had have a front tooth filled for a couple of years now.. recently, i had noticed that it had turned yellow-ish and so i went to a dentist to have it replaced two weeks ago. when i came back, i noticed it was whiter and felt good abt it.. however, just this morning when i had a glance at the mirror, i noticed that it had turned yellow-ish (very obvious) again..

is it natural for fillings to turn yellow? is the dentist obliged to change the fillings for me again without charge since it turned yellow so soon?

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Old 09-03-2005, 06:38 PM   #2
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Re: front teeth filling turns yellow?? *pls help!*

I have had the type of filling you are talking about on my front tooth for MANY years. About 15 years ago at my dentist's suggestion,the original filling was replaced. It had discolored a little bit, but it (the discoloration of the original filling) was not really very noticeable to me.
I drink coffee, tea, and up until 6 months ago smoked....The filling has never yellowed. So I would say, no. It is not natural for your filling to turn yellow.
Hopefully, your dentist will replace it for you free of charge.
If not, I would find another dentist.
Good luck!

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Old 09-04-2005, 05:46 AM   #3
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Re: front teeth filling turns yellow?? *pls help!*

composite fillings or white fillings are basically porous plastic. so they will pick up stains, and become discolored over time. how long is over time? depends on how often you are using staining materials and how well you keep your teeth clean on a regular basis. i'd say a normal person won't see discoloration 2-3 years. if it is recent he should at least try to buff it out.

Old 09-04-2005, 06:07 AM   #4
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Re: front teeth filling turns yellow?? *pls help!*

thks 4 the swift replies dendeb and christai77!

christai77, my discoloration occured only after a mere 2 weeks, and a pretty drastic one, if i may add.

i'm currently contemplating on going back to my current dentist or seek out a new one. as i have a pretty hectic schedule over the next couple of weeks, i'm only able to visit the dentist this friday afternoon, i hope it works, or i'll have to wait another week before i can seek a second opinion as most dentists in my area are closed on sat/sun.

Old 09-04-2005, 10:51 AM   #5
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Re: front teeth filling turns yellow?? *pls help!*

man that's fast jack!
if it were me, i'd replace it asap. and it should be free. there is one thing i cna think of.

sometimes when you drill on a tooth it can become dehydrated so it looks ok the day it goes in, but as soon as the tooth rehydrates it looks terrible.

also different light sources affect fillings. the dental light is different from natural light.

did it look good at first?

Old 09-09-2005, 11:03 AM   #6
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Re: front teeth filling turns yellow?? *pls help!*

hi christai77,

thanks for the swift response again. i don't usually use the internet on weekdays and thus am unable to reply to ur message.

to reply to your qn, it looked good initially.

to wrap up this topic, i had gone back to my dentist earlier today and he had mentioned that it was due to my constant intake of sweet food, coffee, tea and milk that has caused the discolouration. he replaced it without charge n now i gotta learn to avoid splashing drinks onto my tooth to maintain it. he said that if i wanted a fool-proof material, i should go ahead for a porcelain veneer but it costs $600


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