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Replacing a discolored old composite filling

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Posted by: rustyman  (9 years ago)
Hello!

I had a major accident about 20 years ago, which had damaged some of my teeth. My molars were crowned. My upper and lower front teeth were chipped and I've got composite fillings to repair them. After a few years, the fillings discolored. I went to a new cosmetic dentist and had the fillings redone with their new improved cosmetic material. However, they are again discolored on the surface, like yellow on top. I am pretty sure they are not decay or anything since I have just been to the dentist last month for my regular checkup and she did not see anything wrong. Is it natural for a composite filling to discolor? I do not want to redo the fillings anymore because they become larger every time I had them redone and I am now looking for a good bonding material to replace them. Would veneers work over my composites? I just want my teeth to look perfect. I look forward for your inputs. Thanks a lot.
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Posted by: ghnane  (9 years ago)
Hello Rustyman,
Yes, unfortunately composite fillings discolor over time and must be redone if you desire high aesthetics. Composites bond very nicely to tooth structure and opting for veneers on top of composite would not be a problem. Find a good cosmetic dentist and will get naturally looking veneered teeth.
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