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A 29-year-old female asked:

6months ago i had double jaw surgery.i've noticed my front tooth is gray. my insurance is on hold til sept.should i seek assistance asap or can i wait?

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. I. Jay Freedman
Dentistry 43 years experience
Seek treatment now!: A grey front tooth that has just happened usually indicates a problem has occurred in the tooth's soft tissue center-the pulp. A condition like this will not resolve itself and you should seek a professional opinion. It could potentially become an infection! I'm sure you wouldn't wait if one of your fingers or toes turned grey...so what makes your tooth different? Get help now!
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Don't wait: A grey tooth is usually indicative of a non-vital nerve.. deep filling or decay? Can't tell over the internet. Please consult with your local dentist.
Dr. Joseph Wineman
Dentistry 40 years experience
Gray tooth: When a tooth is traumatized the pulp tissue can leach blood into the tooth itself. This causes the tooth to become dark--yellow brown to gray. Your orthognathic surgery may have "killed" this tooth when they down fractured the maxillary bone. If symptoms are present-sensitivity to thermal changes or pressure, then treatment is best done now. If it's mainly cosmetic, then delaying treatment is OK
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Gray tooth: It is an indication for endodontic involvement and root canal is warranted. See your dentist for x-ray, evaluation and treatment.

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