Dark Tooth – Restoring Your Perfect Smile
******It is very important to distinguish between a Dark/Gray/Black Tooth and a Yellow/Orange tooth.******
A dark tooth is a tooth that turns almost black because of a blood flow problem and the resulting discoloration is caused by dead tissue inside the tooth. Patients can get very upset when they see a dark tooth that is most noticeable when they smile. In most instances, a dark tooth was caused by some kind of injury. Sadly, these injuries usually affect the front teeth and are very noticeable to others. In almost all instances, a root canal is required to save the tooth itself.
After root canal treatment, it is necessary to restore the whiteness of a darkened tooth. There are four ways that cosmetic dentists can do this:
- The simplest method to whiten a dark tooth is cosmetic dental whitening. This procedure uses a series of special bleaching agents that are applied both in the dentist office and at home.
- Cosmetic dental bonding resin can be spread over the front of the tooth to restore normal tooth color.
- Cosmetic dental veneers are thin, porcelain sheets that are custom made to mimic the natural color of surrounding teeth and lay right over the surface of the tooth.
- Porcelain crowns are an exceptionally hard substance and allows the patient to eat a normal diet. It prevents everyone from ever knowing that the person had a root canal.
Andrew Stubbs, DMD is a specialist member of the American Association of Endodontists. He is a graduate of Boston University and maintains an ecofriendly dental practice in Lone Tree, CO. Dr. Stubbs specializes in root canal treatment and provides sedation dental treatment for patients from all over the Denver area.