When Tooth Discoloration Needs Attention
Most of the time, discoloration within your smile is a cosmetic issue. Either your teeth have dulled with age or become stained from certain foods and drinks. However, there are certain types of discoloration that mean your dental health is in danger. Learning which tooth shades are just unsightly and which ones are unhealthy is important.
At its very early stages, you may not notice a cavity at all. However, if it is not treated, you may see a dull white spot on the enamel of your tooth. Over time, the cavity will become tan, brown or even black in color.
If you have suffered a traumatic injury to your tooth, you may notice that over the course of the next several days the tooth produces a greyish hue. This is an indication that your tooth nerves have been affected or the tooth is losing its blood supply. Immediate treatment, such as a root canal, is often necessary to save the tooth.
Failed Dental Work
If you have recently had dental work, such as a restorative crown, it will show signs of failure when there is yellow, brown or gray discoloration on the affected tooth. You may also notice that the edges of the restoration have a dark line or “halo effect”.
Although it is uncommon, it is possible to get too much fluoride. In such cases, a condition known has fluorosis causing white, chalky spots or lines to develop on the teeth. This often affects multiple teeth and can be associated with surface pits as well.
If you are unsure of whether or not your tooth discoloration is cause for concern, call Gilreath Dental Associates. We have a skilled dentist who offers restorative and cosmetic dentistry, ensuring you can regain a smile that is attractive and healthy!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Dental Associates