Dark spots on your teeth can detract from your smile’s appearance, and more importantly, they can indicate a disease process that puts your teeth at risk. Three main issues cause dark spots on teeth: tooth decay, trauma/injury and staining.
Patients may be unable to determine on their own which of those three factors are at fault. Therefore, it’s important to be evaluated by a dentist as soon as possible if you notice this symptom. Getting prompt treatment will not only restore your appearance, it may also preserve your oral health!
Treatments For Tooth Decay
If your dentist diagnoses you with tooth decay, you will need to have the decayed tooth material removed and have the cavity filled. This process can usually be completed in a single appointment.
It’s important to note that larger areas of decay may not be able to be repaired using a standard filling. They may require placement of a crown instead. This is a compelling reason to seek treatment soon after noticing a dark spot. It’s preferable to get a filling rather than a crown.
Treatments For Injured Teeth
A tooth that has been damaged by trauma can be at risk for oral bacteria to infiltrate it and cause an infection in its core. Such a scenario can lead to the death of a tooth, so a dentist may recommend that the patient get a root canal. This procedure removes the pulp tissue from the tooth’s core so that it cannot become infected and replaces it with an inert substance called gutta percha, which is similar to rubber. The treated tooth is then fitted with a crown for extra protection against breakage.
Treatments For Stained Teeth
Teeth whitening treatments often can improve the appearance of stained teeth. These may be completed at home or in a provider’s office. While over-the-counter treatments are available, teeth whitening provided by a professional tends to produce more consistent and noticeable results.
Some stains may not respond to the bleaching agents contained in teeth whitening gels. In these cases, dental veneers can be an alternative to improve the smile’s appearance.
Have you noticed a concerning dark spot on a tooth? Call our team at Fresh Leaf Dental as soon as possible to schedule an evaluation and get the necessary treatment.