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I have tooth discoloration. Help?

I have tooth discoloration. Help?

See a dentist: By "tooth discoloration" do you mean 1 tooth or all your teeth. If you are asking about 1 tooth, see a dentist as soon as you can. This could indicate a serious problem with your tooth. If all your teeth are discolored then see a dentist to get different options. ...Read more

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Tooth Discoloration (Definition)

Tooth discoloration is when a tooth does not match in color with the rest of the teeth in the mouth, or an area of a single tooth does not match in color with the rest of the tooth. It could be caused by decay, a previous root canal, or sometimes by medication taken as a child. Most of the times it can be corrected with minor ...Read more


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What causes tooth discoloration ?

What causes  tooth discoloration  ?

Tooth discoloration?: Coffee, tea and smoking are the biggest culprits for causing external staining of teeth. Natural teeth do tend to get darker over time as the enamel thins exposing more of the internal dentin of the tooth which is darker. Traumatic blows to teeth can cause internal staining. Amalgam fillings tend to leak resulting in dark graying of teeth. Teeth can decalcify from acids produced by food & bacteria. ...Read more

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What can I do for tooth discoloration?

See your dentist.: There are many causes of tooth discolorations. Your dentist can diagnose the cause and recommend treatment options for tooth discolorations, such as bleaching, cosmetic bonding, porcelain veneers, or a professional prophylaxis (cleaning). ...Read more

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What can be done for tooth discoloration?

Many options: Micro abrasion can remove minor enamel discolorations and stains; tooth bleaching can lighten more general internal colors; bonding, porcelain veneers, or crowns can be placed over tooth structure to mask color. ...Read more

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What illness could cause tooth discoloration?

What illness could  cause tooth discoloration?

Illnesses in mothers: Infections in pregnant mothers can cause intrinsic (on the inside of the tooth) discoloration in their offspring by effecting the enamel as it develops. Certain drugs taken by preganant mothers can also cause discoloration of their childs teeth such as takeing tetracycline during preganancy. Illness can sometimes result in extrinsic staining (on the outside) because it effects dental hygiene. ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about tooth discoloration?

Different origins: Some stain can accumulate like coffee, tea if you'd don't brush carefully and well( a dentist cans remove this with a cleaning. Some stains you can be born with, and they may require cosmetic work like bleaching or veneers/crowns ...Read more

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Will crest whitestripes erase my tooth discoloration?

Will crest whitestripes erase my tooth discoloration?

Not really: Crest white strips or any otc similar product will only whiten teeth that are slightly yellow but healthy otherwise . If your discoloration is due to developmental issues : antibiotics taken in early years, hypo calcification from over fluoridation , then strips won't help. See your dentist for an evaluation! ...Read more

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What can I do to reverse a capped tooth discoloration?

What can I do to reverse a capped tooth discoloration?

Crown: If it has a cap(crown) that has been done, the discoloration can only be taken care of by replacing the crown. Whitening materials do not work for porcelain. See your dentist for tx options. ...Read more

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Will crest whitestripes totally erase my tooth discoloration?

Will crest whitestripes totally erase my tooth discoloration?

May not: The white strips may not lighten your teeth as much as you would like. See a dentist for other options that can have better and faster lightening. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: tooth discoloration?

Color mismatch.: Tooth discoloration is when a tooth does not match in color with the rest of the teeth in the mouth, or an area of a single tooth does not match in color with the rest of the tooth. It could be caused by decay, a previous root canal, or sometimes by medication taken as a child. Most of the times it can be corrected with minor dental treatment or whitening. ...Read more

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Stained Teeth (Definition)

Stained teeth are those which have been discolored, typically by coffee, smoking, or ...Read more