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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

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?

What can be done for tooth discoloration?

Bleaching: Have your teeth professionally bleached by your dentist. ...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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Could tetracyclines cause tooth discoloration in adults?

Only if..: The tetracycline is taken in childhood when the permanent teeth are being calcified. ...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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Can tetracycline cause tooth discoloration?

Can tetracycline cause tooth discoloration?

Tetracycline stain: Tetracycline stained teeth occurs when this antibiotic is taken when you still have your baby teeth, and the permanent teeth are still forming.

It causes a developmental defect in the enamal and the deeper layers of the tooth in the form of dark brown or gray staining. This is known as intrinsic staining because it comes from within the tooth. ...Read more

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Is tooth discoloration in children only due to tetracycline?

Is tooth discoloration in children only due to tetracycline?

Many causes: Tooth discoloration can be from a fall or trauma to the tooth. It can be caries. Was there ever a high fever before the tooth came in? It could even be stain that doesn't come off with regular brushing. The child needs to be examined by a dentist to get an accurate diagnosis. Baby teeth are important to the developing perm. 2 th. Don't ignore it. ...Read more

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How to prevent tooth discoloration which undergone root canal?

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Impossible: The teeth that undergo root canal treatment may darken or change the shade. ...Read more

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What can I do to fix the slight tooth discoloration after getting braces off?

Whitening toothpaste: Brush your teeth with a whitening toothpaste. If after a while you are still bothered by any discoloration then you should see a dentist- they can do any number of things to remove the staining. ...Read more

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I drink tons of water. What could be causing tooth discoloration other than coffee?

I drink tons of water. What could be causing tooth discoloration other than coffee?

Food stains on teeth: If you are a smoker, the answer is nicotine. Non-smokers also accumulate stains, but at a slower rate. In addition to coffee, tea, red wine, berries, or any other dark-colored substance can cause stains. Acidic foods and drinks are worse, because they soften enamel making it stain more easily. This type of staining responds very well to professional teeth whitening from your dentist. ...Read more

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A question about tooth discoloration? Is the amount of stain on teeth from tea same as amount on porcelain cup?

Possibly.: The staining of teeth with tea, coffee, red wine, etc. Is the same mechanism as on the cup. Factors involved with the tooth would be how muc tea you drink, how smooth or rough your enamel is, how dry your mouth is and how strong you brew your tea. The good news is that most staining can be polished off by a dental cleaning and if any stains remain, tooth whitening is very effective at removing it. ...Read more

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What is meant by "professional prophylaxis " to treat tooth discoloration. My teeth are cleaned every 6 months but brown stain remains.?

What is meant by "professional prophylaxis " to treat tooth discoloration. My teeth are cleaned every 6 months but brown stain remains.?

Cleaning: A prophylaxis is a teeth cleaning. Most of the extrinsic stain can be removed with this procedure. Tooth whitening procedures may help diminish internal staining ...Read more

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What are the chances of a 28 year old getting tooth discoloration from doxycycline? Taking it for 10 days for sinus and throat infection. 100mg bid

What are the chances of a 28 year old getting tooth discoloration from doxycycline? Taking it for 10 days for sinus and throat infection. 100mg bid

You're safe: Any of the tetracyclines, which includes doxycycline need to be taken when the teeth are developing in order to discolor the teeth. Don't worry, your teeth will not discolor. ...Read more

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What is the best way to get rid of dark tooth stains? I've never had great oral habits, and as a consequence have pretty stained teeth I would like cleaned. I've looked into it, but there are so many methods at both the home and at the dentist's office. W

What is the best way to get rid of dark tooth stains? I've never had great oral habits, and as a consequence have pretty stained teeth I would like cleaned. I've looked into it, but there are so many methods at both the home and at the dentist's office. W

After: After you get a check-up and teeth cleaning, you can get your teeth whitened as long as there isn't decay present. A combination of home and in-office will do the best. One or the other will do ok, but both will do great. ...Read more

Stained Teeth (Definition)

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