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In today’s society, your smile is very important. People who have bright, white smiles are viewed as being more attractive, more intelligent, and more successful than those who don’t. When you say “My Tooth Is Turning Blue”, this can be a serious cause for concern. Not only does this have a negative impact on your appearance, it can indicate a serious problem with your tooth as well.
What Causes Blue Tooth Discoloration?
There are a number of things that can cause a tooth to develop a bluish discoloration, including:
Early antibiotic use – using antibiotics such as tetracycline while the teeth are still developing can cause them to become greyish-blue
Oral trauma – oral trauma can cause a tooth to begin to die, which will cause the tooth pulp to become bluish or greyish
Tooth decay – when a tooth begins to decay, it can develop black or bluish areas as the tooth pulp inside the tooth becomes affected
Root canal – occasionally a tooth will become discolored as the result of a root canal treatment
Dental fillings – at times, a tooth that has been filled using an amalgam filling will weaken over time, allowing the grey-blue amalgam to show through the tooth enamel
Luckily, tooth discoloration can be treated both quickly and easily.
Treating Tooth Discoloration
There are a number of treatments for tooth discoloration. In the case of a tooth that has become bluish, the best type of treatment will usually involve bleaching, dental crowns, dental bonding, or porcelain veneers. Your dentist will discuss which treatment is best for your unique situation.
Whitening – your dentist can offer you a range of whitening solutions, from in-office treatments to take home kits. This type of whitening works best for staining of the tooth enamel that is present across more than one tooth, and for teeth that do not have dental crowns, bonding, or veneers
Bleaching – unlike regular whitening treatments, which only treat the outer surface of the tooth, in this treatment, your dentist will inject the tooth with a bleaching agent that will help lighten the tooth pulp back to a more natural shade.
Dental Bonding – this can be used to strengthen and repair teeth that have been damaged due to tooth decay. It is also often used as a replacement for old, metal amalgam fillings.
Dental Crown – a dental crown is used to cover a tooth that has become discolored. This type of dental treatment works well for teeth that have been discolored due to a root canal treatment or oral trauma.
Porcelain Veneer – this can be used to cover the visible surfaces of one or several teeth, and can also be used to help fix uneven tooth surfaces, and minor cracks in the tooth enamel.
If you are experiencing tooth discoloration, and would like to know more about which treatment option may be right for you, call Advanced Dental Care of Austin to schedule a consultation today. Our caring and professional staff looks forward to helping you have a bright, white smile once again.
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