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    Question:
    I had 6 porcelain veneers installed on my top 6 front teeth 2 weeks ago. While the temporary was in place, 2 of the teeth started turning blue up by the gum. When the temporaries were replaced by the porcelain veneers my smile looked awesome. But after a couple of days the front incisor started to turn blue by the gum.

    My dentist ground it off and I now have a yellow temporary tooth until the porcelain veneer is ready from the lab. Now, 4 days later, it appears that two of the other 6 veneers look like they are also turning blue at the gum.

    My dentist said he does not understand why this is happening. Can you explain this to me?

    I have mitral valve prolapse and have to take antibiotics when my teeth are cleaned. I am fearful that this blue bacteria may have some detrimental affects on my heath. This prolonged dental issue is causing me to question why in the world I ever decided to have this done in the first place. ...Visitor from FL

    Answer:
    The only possible answer that I may have is that the veneers were not properly bonded at the gum line and there was a bacterial infiltrate which caused a black discoloration. We see this sometimes with temporary crowns and veneers. The discoloration is easily removed with hydrogen peroxide.

    I coat the teeth with a resin prior to placing the temporaries to get a better seal. When I take the temporaries off, the teeth are always clean. So I would eliminate the question of whether the veneers were properly bonded.

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