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Dental Education Lecture: Tetracycline Teeth

There are several ways to handle Tetracycline teeth: doing nothing (Fig.1), bleaching, composite veneers (Fig.2,3), and porcelain veneers.

Although doing nothing does not improve tooth appearance, it helps gum health if you brush well enough (Fig.1).

Bleaching is a conservative way to improve Tetracycline teeth, although it takes time and effort.

Composite veneers are also a relatively conservative way to improve appearance.  But they are quite easily chipped off (red arrowheads in Fig.2, white arrowheads in Fig.3).  If composite veneers are not well done, they accumulate plaque (* in Fig.2; black arrowheads in Fig.3), causing gum infection.  Once composite veneers are removed, it is much easier to maintain oral hygiene (Fig.4, different patient).

The advantages of porcelain veneers are cosmetic, lasting and easy to keep gums healthy.  The disadvantage of porcelain veneers is less conservative.

Xin Wei, DDS, PhD, MS 1st edition 12/10/2009, last revision 07/07/2010