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Sep
8

Why is My Tooth Turning Colors?

Posted in Fillings

Have you ever experienced one, or all of your teeth turning colors? There could be a very good reason behind why it is happening. Here are a few examples of what to look out for and the cause behind it:

Grey or Blue Patches of Enamel

This is probably one of the most common types of tooth stain. It starts around old silver fillings, and is called an “amalgam tattoo.” In fact, the grey or blue stain can even extend into the gum tissue itself. The discoloration is due to leakage in the old metal filling, and the metal materials seeping into the enamel. 

Brown or Blue Shade Throughout the Entire Tooth

When the nerve of a tooth dies, so does the tooth. This process can take years, even decades to show signs of symptoms. In most cases the tooth will start to look slightly darker than the neighboring teeth. Over time, the tooth looks as if it is an unnaturally dark brown or even blue shade. 

Brown Lines

If you have cracks in your teeth or leaky margins around an old white filling, you may start to see brown lines. This is simply due to stain particles seeping into the microscopic openings of your enamel. Most of the time this is strictly an aesthetic concern, but it can be an indication that a functional problem is developing. 

These are just a few examples of some of the types of discoloration that we see in the dental office. It certainly is not a comprehensive list! If you’re beginning to notice discoloration of your teeth or on certain areas of the teeth – then it’s time to give your dentist a call!

Posted on behalf of:
Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1725

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