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Intrinsic Versus Extrinsic Tooth Stains and Why It Matters Marietta, GA

Intrinsic Versus Extrinsic Tooth Stains and Why It Matters

Dentist and Hygienist Discussing Treatment with Patient Marietta GA

Tooth stains of any kind are undesirable. Teeth can be discolored with a brown, yellow or even grayish tint. Most tooth stains, however, can be categorized into two main categories: intrinsic and extrinsic. Why does it matter which type of stain you have? It will determine your treatment plan for a whiter and brighter smile. In fact, assuming you have extrinsic staining and undergoing months of teeth whitening treatment may render little to no results and wasted money.

Extrinsic Tooth Stains

Extrinsic tooth stains are the most commonly known type of staining. This occurs when the discoloration is on the outer layer of the tooth, or the enamel. Superficial stains can develop over time do to regular tobacco use or consumption of dark-colored foods and drinks (such as coffee, red wine, berries etc). The good news is that extrinsic tooth stains typically respond very well to teeth whitening, especially when it is given by your dentist.

Treating Extrinsic Tooth Stains

If your tooth stains are determined to be extrinsic, most dentists will recommend one of the simplest and most affordable solutions – professional teeth whitening. This can be done in the office in just 1 hour or over the course of several weeks using customized trays and professional-grade bleaching gel. If your extrinsic stains are not responding well to teeth whitening, you have the option of getting porcelain veneers – which can give you a brilliant smile that is resistant to future staining.

Intrinsic Tooth Stains

Not all tooth stains are caused by food, drinks or what your teeth come in contact with. They can also come from within the tooth. This type of discoloration commonly occurs from certain medications, excessive fluoride exposure or oral trauma. Intrinsic staining exists on the inner part of the tooth, known as the dentin layer. Perhaps the most important characteristic of intrinsic stains, however, is that they are typically resistant to bleaching or whitening.

Treating Intrinsic Tooth Stains

Intrinsic tooth stains permanently discolor the structure of the tooth, so no amount of brushing or professional teeth whitening will change this. However, you don’t have to be stuck with your stains. There are cosmetic dentistry options that can fix (or cover up) your stained teeth, such as the following:

  • Dental Bonding
  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Dental Crowns

Are you bothered by our discolored teeth? What type of tooth stains do you have? If you are unsure, let Dr. Gilreath evaluate you. We proudly offer a state-of-the-art teeth whitening system along with other options in cosmetic dentistry to ensure your tooth color isn’t a reason you are hiding your smile.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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