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Q. Due to abfraction, my upper front teeth are discolored. Are my teeth dead?

Answered by
Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay
and medically reviewed by Dr. Vinodhini. J
This is a premium question & answer published on May 31, 2020

Hello doctor,

I am seeing by my top gumline 6 of my teeth have mild abfractions and are changing color from the gumline down. I do not know what to do and I am freaking out. Are my teeth all dead? My last visits to the dentist's office is in November of last year and I noticed some color change in February but I did not know it was severe. What are my options?

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Dentistry Endodontist
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Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I went through your query and seen the attached image (attachment removed to protect patient identity).

The image is not clear to determine any specific concerns of yours as color was not visible properly. But as an expert, your teeth looked fine.

You need scaling.

Do Betadine gargle in lukewarm water.

Take tablet Metrogyl ER 1 tablet bd for five days.

Your left lateral looked short. It might be due to the quality of the image. If it is like that I doubt it to be deciduous can be sure, the image was hazy. Anyways no worry, nothing is dead, so please do not freak out.


The Probable causes:

Stains and calculus.

Investigations to be done:

Intraoral x-ray of the upper left lateral incisor.

Treatment plan:

Scaling and medications.

Preventive measures:

Avoid sticky or sweet food.

Regarding follow up:

Follow up after 7 days.


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