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When Tooth Discoloration Needs Attention Marietta, GA

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.

Tooth Decay

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.

Dying Tooth

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 Family Dentistry. 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 Family Dentistry

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Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Based on 307 reviews


Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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