Everyone wants a dazzlingly white smile. Sometimes, coffee or cigarette smoking is to blame for dark stains on teeth. But those are usually easy to treat with professional bleaching.
Gray teeth, on the other hand, are virtually impossible to bleach. This is because the stain usually comes from inside the tooth, as opposed to being caused by outside forces.
Taking a certain class of antibiotic during tooth formation is known to cause staining. It can even happen to an unborn baby if the mom takes the medication during pregnancy. When the child’s teeth come in, they can show up gray.
A hard knock to a tooth can cause the inner tissues to die. As they decompose, the tooth is left an eerie gray color.
Extreme cases of heavy fluoride exposure during tooth development can cause relatively harmless but unsightly dark staining in permanent teeth.
Do you have any old silver amalgam fillings? These can leach out into tooth enamel over time, discoloring it.
Whether due to trauma or decay, the nerve inside a tooth can become injured and infected. When this happens, it’s time for a root canal to remove the nerve and save your tooth.
If you have a dark tooth that bothers you, it’s definitely time to see a dentist. Especially if the cause is a damaged nerve that can trigger an infection. Contact your family dental office to plan a visit. Your dentist will be happy to help you discover options for treating gray teeth such as teeth bleaching, dental crowns or dental veneers.
Posted on behalf of:
Memorial Park Dental Spa
6010 Washington Ave Suite D
Houston, TX 77007
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