My tooth is turning yellow, what could this be?
There are a number of reasons you may get yellow teeth. One common reason a tooth may begin to turn yellow is an injury to the tooth. In many cases, this occurs when a tooth has been disturbed during the tooth’s development, or during a treatment such as a filling or root canal. This may also occur in cases of tooth injury, particularly when the tooth has been dislodged in some way. If you notice a tooth becoming discolored, it is important that you contact one of our dentists right away for treatment. There is a possibility that you may loose the tooth if it is left untreated.
My tooth has a yellow spot, what could cause this?
A yellowish or discolored spot on the tooth may be the result of early tooth decay. When a tooth begins to decay, before a cavity develops, you may notice yellowish or discolored spots on the tooth, particularly on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. Other things that may cause spots of discoloration on the tooth include excessive fluoride use, and infection in the tooth.
My tooth is yellow, how will this be treated?
The treatment for tooth discoloration will depend on the cause behind the discoloration. In the case of early tooth decay, your dentist will apply some fluoride to the tooth so that the tooth can remineralize. Other causes of tooth discoloration may require more extensive treatment, such as bleaching, dental veneer, or having a dental crown placed.
If you notice your tooth becoming discolored in any way, it is imperative that you contact our office and schedule an appointment as soon as possible. When caught early, many of the dental issues listed above can be treated. If left untreated, however, these issues may worsen or an infection may spread into other teeth and into the gums and bone. In order to avoid more extensive and costly dental work or the loss of teeth in the future, always contact your dentist when oral symptoms appear.