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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 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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I have a strange whitish tooth discoloration. What should ido?

Decalcification: Nutrition, excess Fluoride intake, and heredity can cause white spots on your teeth. If left alone, these spots of decalcificaton and lead to deterioration of the enamel. ...Read more

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Does minocycline cause tooth discoloration?

Yes...: Tetracycline antibiotics bind to calcium (which is why you shouldn't take them with milk). When the teeth are forming, the calcium crystals form to make enamel and dentin--incorporating the drug into the tooth structure. A similar thing happens to bone. ...Read more

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How can I do to whiten a tooth discoloration?

See a dentist: If it is a single tooth then you may have more treatment needs than you think. It may need a root canal and crown. If it is multiple teeth then simple whitening procedures can be done in office or take home. I recommend you see your dentist for treatment options. ...Read more

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Will root canals lead to tooth discoloration?

Will root canals lead to tooth discoloration?

Most of the time: Sometimes teeth that have had root canal will discolor since the tooth is no longer "alive". There is no blood supply to the tooth and tends to be more likely to chip or fracture, so usually a crown would be recommended on a tooth after a root canal. ...Read more

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What can be done about infant/toddler tooth discoloration?

What can be done about infant/toddler tooth discoloration?

That depends: That depends on the cause of the discoloration. If it is from stains and/or calculus on the outside of the tooth, it can be polished off by a pediatric dentist. If it is caused by tooth decay the tooth can probably be repaired. If it is discoloration that is part of the tooth as it formed this is harder to resolve and may need to be left alone. You need an exam by a pediatric dentist. ...Read more

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Is it true that fluoride can cause tooth discoloration in children?

Is it true that fluoride can cause tooth discoloration in children?

Yes: Most kids get enough Fluoride just by drinking fluoridated tap water. Some children drinking well water or bottled water need Fluoride supplements. Too much Fluoride can cause white or brown flecks on your teeth so it's important not to give supplements to kids that don't need it and that you use Fluoride free toothpaste before your toddler learns not to swallow toothpaste. ...Read more

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What's the difference between tooth discoloration and tartar and plaque buildup?

What's the difference between tooth discoloration and tartar and plaque buildup?

Depends: Discoloration usually refers to an intrinsic stain which means it is deep into the tooth. Tartar and plaque is a build up on the surface of the teeth and can be polished and/or scrapped away by your dental hygienest. Discoloration usually means you would need bleaching or a new crown to change the shade of that tooth. See your provider for options. ...Read more

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Stained Teeth (Definition)

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