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after root canal operation, is there a big possibility that the affected teeth might lead to discoloration (yellow or black). ?

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Dr. Debi Williams
25 years experience Dentistry
Yes: It is very common to have the tooth change colors because it no longer has a blood vessel. This makes the tooth brittle and easy to fracture so it is a good idea to place a crown over the tooth if it is a back tooth. If it is a front tooth, your dentist can bleach the tooth from inside the tooth. This does not hurt.
Answered on May 18, 2016
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Dr. William Ledford
28 years experience Dentistry
Yes: Teeth tend to become darker after root canal therapy. In most cases this is treated with a crown, but sometimes in the anterior it can be bleached.
Answered on Nov 7, 2012
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Dr. Jeffrey Krantz
8 years experience Dentistry
OLD WIVES TALE: Many years ago when one of the components of root canal cements was silver root treated teeth typically turned black. This is no longer the case.
Answered on Nov 28, 2017
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