May 15, 2014

A Single Dark Front Tooth

A single dark front tooth is a common occurrence, most often the result of trauma.  The discoloration can develop 1 to 20 years after the trauma, and the tooth may be either vital or non-vital.  It may or may not require, or have had, root canal therapy.  A tooth can also darken after root canal therapy.  The most conservative method of recapturing the tooth's original color is by bleaching, which may be done either externally or internally, or both.  If fillings need to be replaced, they may be done in a lighter color.  If the tooth requires a veneer or crown or cap, it can be done to match the adjacent, natural teeth.  We treat dark teeth with all of the modalities available, and are happy to discuss all treatment options for patients needing this kind of help.

Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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