I asked my dentist for six BL1 shade crowns to replace the old ones on my upper front teeth, but she ignored my request. My dentist thinks the shade is too bright. When she put the temporary crowns on in February, I was shocked. Thinking back, I should have asked her to return the crowns for the requested shade. I could have switched dentists if she were unwilling to do that. Unfortunately, I accepted the crowns, and now they are yellowing.
Additionally, my dentist recommended a new implant crown to match the Bl1 shade, and I agreed because I got the implant crown in 2015, but it is not the BL1 shade, nor does it match the other new crowns. I don’t know how this happened. I’ve talked to my dentist twice about the yellowing, and she talks so fast that I cannot repeat her explanation, which doesn’t make sense anyway. I am anxious about starting over because my nerves are already on edge about finding another dentist. Should I start over with another dentist or try to reason with this dentist? – Thank you. Adrielle
The shade BL1 is extraordinarily white. Unless you bleached your natural teeth to that shade, placing BL1 crowns would make them look fake. A cosmetic dentist will help you understand tooth shade and how brightness will affect your smile and blend or clash with your skin tone, but your preference comes first. No dentist should switch crown colors after agreeing to your color choice.
Why Would Porcelain Crowns Turn Yellow?
Factors that can cause porcelain crowns to turn yellow include:
- The crowns are made of another material – You may have received not porcelain crowns because porcelain does not stain or turn yellow.
- The glaze on your crowns is damaged – Glaze on a crown is a low-fusing glass liquid/paste that makes the crown smooth and shiny. Damaged glaze can cause discoloration in your crowns. If someone on a dental team lacks training in handling porcelain restorations, they can mistakenly use acidulated fluoride or power polishing equipment on your crowns. The chemical and polishing equipment can damage the glaze and attract stains.
We recommend scheduling an appointment for a second opinion from an expert cosmetic dentist. The dentist will examine your crowns to determine why they are yellowing. Also, an experienced cosmetic dentist can achieve a BL1 shade with your natural teeth, crowns, and implant crown for the brightness you want to see in your smile. Although a consultation with a skilled dentist can be reassuring, if you’re still nervous talk with your new dentist about sedation options for relaxing during dental treatment.