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Tooth Stains: Intrinsic Versus Extrinsic Marietta, GA

Tooth Stains: Intrinsic Versus Extrinsic

Not all tooth stains are created equal. Discoloration can range from yellow to gray to black. An experienced cosmetic dentist can help remove your tooth stains. The method a dentist uses, however, depends upon whether your tooth stains are extrinsic or intrinsic.

What are Extrinsic Stains?
As the term applies, extrinsic stains occur on the exterior, or outside, surface of your teeth. Believe it or not, your teeth are actually porous. Therefore, when you consume foods and drinks such as coffee, wine, blueberries and tomato sauce. the color actually gets absorbs into your teeth. Smokers often have extrinsic stains from the tannins in the tobacco. These types of stains can be lessened with regular brushing and flossing habits or using whitening toothpaste. However, to get your pearly whites the vibrant color you desire, you may need to visit a dentist for a professional whitening or tooth bleaching procedure.
What are Intrinsic Stains?
Intrinsic stains tend to be a bit more stubborn to erase. They are found on the inside of the tooth. Intrinsic stains often occur as a result of severe tooth decay or a tooth injury. Many people have internal stains after certain medication use. Tetracycline stains are a very common medication-related intrinsic stain and they appear as grayish stains. Lastly, children may have white streaks on their teeth from a condition called fluorosis, which means they received too much fluoride at a young age. A skilled cosmetic dentist is best to handle your intrinsic stains. While whitening procedures may not produce the results you want, there are cosmetic dental options, such as porcelain veneers, that can eliminate unwanted internal stains and help you smile confidently.

Gilreath Family Dentistry proudly uses an advanced technique called ICON to infiltrate the resin of your teeth and remove intrinsic stains. This is an excellent option that does not require anesthesia, drills or a lengthy appointment time. Many orthodontic patients choose ICON stain removal to remove the white and brown stains that braces often leave behind.

A dental professional can examine your tooth discoloration and tell you if your stains are intrinsic or extrinsic. Regardless of the type of stains you have, it is good news to know that there are solutions available that will give you the bright, white smile you have dreamed of!

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!

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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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