Intrinsic tooth discoloration usually manifests as bands or lines of gray or brown on the teeth. Unlike staining caused by foods or by nicotine, this type of discoloration is actually a part of the tooth. To treat intrinsic discoloration, you’ll need the services of a cosmetic dentist.
Causes of Intrinsic Discoloration
When we think of discolored teeth, we most often think of the yellowish or brownish enamel caused by staining agents like coffee, tea, or nicotine. However, this type of discoloration is extrinsic, which means it only affects the surfaces of the teeth. As such, it can be treated with a teeth whitening procedure.
Intrinsic discoloration, by contrast, is a permanent part of the tooth. It most often occurs while the teeth are developing. The most common causes of this type of discoloration are:
- Exposure to excessive amounts of fluoride
- Exposure to certain type of medication, especially certain antibiotics
- Severe trauma to the tooth
- Congenital problems that affect the development of tooth enamel (this often creates bright white spots on the teeth)
If your tooth is severely injured, and you begin to see a change in color to dark gray or black, you should see your dentist as soon as possible. This type of discoloration is often the result of blood entering the tiny pores in the dentin, and indicates the tooth might require a root canal procedure.
Treatment for Intrinsic Discoloration
Intrinsic discoloration generally cannot be treated with tooth whitening and must be treated by a cosmetic dentist with veneers or a similar approach. Fortunately, veneers are a simple procedure and are relatively non-invasive. They also look very natural, so once your discolored teeth have been treated, you’ll look like you’ve always had a perfect smile.
If your teeth are affected by this type of discoloration, consult with our cosmetic dentist to determine the best type of treatment. With the right cosmetic approach, you’ll soon be enjoying a bright, perfect smile.
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