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Doctor insights on: Tooth Pigmentation

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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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Can Wisdom tooth extraction change face shape?

Can Wisdom tooth extraction change face shape?

Normally not: The alignment of the wisdom teeth are often not the determining factor in facial symmetry. If the other teeth start shifting, etc., then there could be some changes. ...Read more

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Black tooth under temp crown, is it tooth decay?

Black tooth under temp crown, is it tooth decay?

It All Depends: All other answers are valid. However, I'd like to add that if the temp crown was recently placed while you're waiting for a permanent crown, the black coloration can be from bacteria getting through the temp crown. It's a result of not having a good seal with the temp crown and usually not a cavity. You commonly see this if the temp crown has been in place for some time where the seal is bad. ...Read more

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Is tooth decay gray and shiny?

Is tooth decay gray and shiny?

Maybe...: Decay comes in many colors and could be gray & shiny, or brown and not shiny. If you suspect you have decay, see your dentist and get it sorted out; small fillings are easier & less costly than waiting for the tooth to hurt or fail. ...Read more

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Does teeth bleaching ruin the tooth enamel?

Does teeth bleaching ruin the tooth enamel?

No: Just don't overdo it. Your teeth will only whiten to the extent that the enamel will allow. The color of the dentin underneath will still shine through and cannot be lightened by bleaching. Likewise, if you have recession, your exposed roots will not lighten and should not be bleached. A common side effect of whitening is sensitivity of the teeth, which is transient. ...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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Does laser teeth whitening damage teeth or gums?

Does laser teeth whitening damage teeth or gums?

Laser whitening: If performed by a trained dentist or dental technician, laser teeth whitening should not damage your teeth and gums. Teeth will most likely be sensitive after the treatment to hot/cold food/beverage. It is very expensive as a cosmetic procedure. If done properly, gums should not be damaged/irritated. ...Read more

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Can teeth whitening hide enamel loss?

Can teeth whitening hide enamel loss?

Not much: Tooth whitening is most effective on the enamel. If you have worn off your enamel bleaching will be painful and less effective. If you can get past the sensitivity bleaching will make the underlying dentin less yellow and so it will help a little. ...Read more

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Does teeth scaling remove the teeth's enamel?

Does teeth scaling remove the teeth's enamel?

No, it does not: The instruments are not designed to cut enamel, but rather to remove hardened deposits. ...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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Will temporary crown on wisdom tooth gum cause swelling before removal?

Will temporary crown on wisdom tooth gum cause swelling before removal?

Depends: Depends on how carefully the temporary was made. Properly made temporary crowns shouldn't cause swelling. You should see your dentist - there might be a problem with the nerve in the tooth. ...Read more

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Sunken cheek due to tooth extraction. Advice?

Sunken cheek due to tooth extraction. Advice?

Tooth Replaced: Your dentist can advise you on the options for you to have the tooth replaced. Without this replacement, the cheek will sink in. ...Read more

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Whitening toothpaste remove the discoloring from tea in my dentine exposed bottom incisor tooth?

Whitening toothpaste remove the discoloring from tea in my dentine exposed bottom incisor tooth?

Not likely: Exposed dentin and cementum (root) does not respond to whitening. The enamel does. To get a better cosmetic result, you will need to get a tooth colored restoration (filling). ...Read more

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A1 tooth shade vs b1 tooth shade? What's whiter/ brighter. Also, what is the whitest non bleach tooth shade?

A1 tooth shade vs b1 tooth shade? What's whiter/ brighter. Also, what is the whitest non bleach tooth shade?

B1 is a natural: Most people would love to be white as B1 or in that range, but are more like A2 or A3. ...Read more

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Why does teeth bleaching ruin tooth enamel?

It does not: There have been many studies done on the safety of bleach on enamel and not one has proved it is permanently harmful. (yet?). ...Read more

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Does removing wisdom tooth change facial structure?

Does removing wisdom tooth change facial structure?

No: No changes to facial structure removing wisdom teeth. Make sure your procedure is done by an oral surgeon. ...Read more

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Retainers caused severe gum recession on eye teeth?

Retainers caused severe gum recession on eye teeth?

Probably not: Recession of gingival tissues in the eye teeth area is most commonly found with agressive tooth brushing habit and/or using a too hard bristled toothbrush. Only if the retainer impinges upon these soft tissues could it be blamed for the recession. ...Read more

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