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Can a chipped tooth cause my tooth to turn black?

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Dr. Steven Corben
Dentistry - Cosmetic 41 years experience
Absolutely!: The trauma that cause the chip in your tooth could have damaged the nerve and blood vessels inside the tooth. As the tissue in the tooth dies, it will literally stain your tooth from the inside out giving it a dark brown or blackish color. The tooth should probably be treated with endodontic therapy as soon as possible before the infection spreads. Please go to your dentist.
Dr. Joel Doyon
Dentistry - Cosmetic 37 years experience
Yes: Absolutely. Trauma that caused the chip could cause the nerve of the tooth to die. The pulp or nerve of the tooth supplies moisture to the dentin, the layer of tooth between enamel and the pulp. Without moisture, the tooth looks darker. Please see your dentist to evaluate.

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