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Teeth Discoloration

Discolored teeth can be of developmental or acquired etiology. Causative factors include fluorosis, tobacco products, tea, coffee, soft drinks, wines, Tetracycline-induced stains, aging, poor oral hygiene, amalgam restorations, non-vital teeth due to trauma, etc. Discolored teeth, especially the front teeth, pose cosmetic concerns in people. Treatment options range from professional bleaching, scaling, veneering, at-home bleaching, and avoiding frequent intake of stain-causing food items and beverages.

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Is a broken tooth suggestive of infection?

Query: Hello doctor, I broke a big part of my tooth, and I cannot get to the dentist as I have no money and no medical insurance. Now it smells, and looks pale brown color. I am scared, is it infected?  Read Full »

Dr. Subha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Breaking of a part of the tooth is termed as tooth fracture. There are a number of types of tooth fractures. A few of them are symptomatic and cause pain. These require immediate attention. A few other types do not cause pain immediately. But they might show color ch...  Read Full »

How to whiten my orange-colored tooth?

Query: Hello doctor, My teeth are orange in color since I was born. What is the treatment to make them white?  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your question. I can understand your concern. In case, there is any sort of stains, plaque or calculus, you need to visit a periodontist and get oral prophylaxis done with post-bleaching. In case, there is thin enamel and the yellowish discoloration ...  Read Full »

I went to the dentist for removing tooth stains, but some stains still persist between the teeth. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, The dentist did not remove all the staining in between my teeth. What to do? During my deep cleaning today the dentist said that the tools used were too big to remove the staining in between my teeth so he did not remove them fully. He said in order to fully remove the staining he w...  Read Full »

Dr. Ummah Mohammad

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern and the thing is now you have realized and trying to maintain oral hygiene that is good enough. It is our dentist's community duty at all costs to be present for your service so saying that your in-between teeth space cannot be cleaned is an...  Read Full »

Is it safe to whiten my teeth while having my braces on using Carbamide Peroxide gel?

Query: Hi doctor, Can teeth whitening loosen the brackets on braces? I want to whiten my teeth with my whitening kit - it is Carbamide Peroxide gel combined with the use of a blue LED-light mouthguard for 10 minutes a day. Can this damage the glue or adhesive that holds brackets to teeth? Kindly advise. Th...  Read Full »

Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Teeth staining is a common side effect seen during orthodontic treatment, but it is reversible after the treatment. Indeed, Carbamide Peroxide is used for teeth whitening. During the orthodontic treatment, it should not harm the adhesive of the brackets but constant put...  Read Full »

Why does my 2-year-old kid have tooth discoloration that is spreading to other teeth?

Query: Hello doctor, My 2-year-old kid has teeth discoloration that is spreading to the other teeth. I am not sure whether it is decay. Kindly advise.   Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern and would be happy to help. The condition is called early childhood caries that occurs due to a lack of proper brushing during the first two years of life after breastfeeding. I suggest you brush your child's teeth with a kid's toothpaste t...  Read Full »

What can be done to change my teeth color to white permanently?

Query: Hello doctor, My teeth color is yellowish. How can I change my teeth color to white permanently?  Read Full »

Dr. Georgios Chatzopoulos

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The teeth color is a result of genetics, nutrition and other habits such as smoking. If your teeth are healthy overall and caries free and you brush twice per day, teeth whitening can be performed but it lasts for about six months to two years. Permanent teeth whiten...  Read Full »

What does black discoloration with a hole on the surface of the tooth indicate?

Query: Hi doctor, I have black discoloration on the surface of a molar. It feels like a hole when I check with my tongue. Do I need a filling? How soon should it be treated? It is hard to get an appointment due to COVID. Please guide me.  Read Full »

Dr. Shreehari. K. Unnikrishnan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to A hole signifies that you have got caries. You might have food lodgement at the site too. I would suggest you get an X-ray to determine the extent of caries involved, and I will decide whether you need the treatment or not for the time being. Could you please get bac...  Read Full »

Why is there a color change in the injured tooth?

Query: Hello doctor, My 3.5 years old baby has fallen a few days back, and her front tooth got injured. Now the color of the damaged tooth is turning into dirty white. But she is not experiencing any pain or formation of pus. Will this color keep on changing? Can we expect the growth of the new tooth in t...  Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query. I am very sorry for the discomfort. As a specialist, I am here to help you. As per the history (attachment removed to protect patient identity), the baby got trauma to the upper right deciduous central incisor tooth. It is natural to post-...  Read Full »

Does tooth discoloration indicate that the tooth is dead?

Query: 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 ...  Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 scalin...  Read Full »

How to get rid of numbness in front teeth and gum following injury?

Query: Hello doctor, I fell last Sunday and hit my face including my front teeth. Four teeth and top gum become numb for the past eight days. I can bite my teeth though I feel numb. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Beryl F

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Do you find any changes in the way your teeth rest? Do you find any tooth that hits when you bite on? Any tooth sensitivity? Any fractured or chipped tooth? This is not normal and you need to visit a dentist straight away and get your jaw ...  Read Full »

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