4 Causes and Solutions for Gray Teeth
October 7, 2021
Teeth naturally come in an overabundance of colors. Several factors influence their color, like genetics, enamel thickness, or lifestyle habits. Although it’s normal for everyone’s smile to have a unique shade, society attributes white teeth with youth, intelligence, success, and confidence. Unfortunately, few people have white smiles. Brown and yellow teeth are among the most common concern, but some people have blue or gray discoloration. If you’re embarrassed by your gray teeth, you can have the vibrant smile you deserve with the help of your cosmetic dentist. Here are 4 ways they can fix your teeth.
4 Causes of Gray or Blue Teeth
Surface stains are the most prevalent type of discoloration, which often occurs from external factors, like poor oral hygiene habits or smoking. Gray and blue teeth are less frequent. Unlike brown or yellow discoloration, the problem originates from within the tooth, such as from:
- Natural Tooth Color: A rare genetic condition called dentinogenic imperfect causes the teeth to look blue or grey. Other genetic or natural causes can be the culprit as well, such as defective dentin.
- Early Antibiotic Exposure: Exposure to tetracycline antibiotics while in the womb or early childhood can discolor the adult teeth. Typically, the stains appear as a pattern of horizontal stripes.
- Dental Restorations: Old metal fillings or other restorations can cause a tooth to look a little discolored. The materials in older restorations can show their metallic color through your translucent enamel or the surface of porcelain.
- Dead Tooth: If trauma or infection has damaged the pulp and nerves, the tooth can die. It may look gray, black, or pink.
4 Options to Revamp Your Smile
Every case differs, so you’ll need a consultation with your cosmetic dentist to determine the cause of your blue or gray teeth. Depending on the source, you may be a candidate for one or more cosmetic procedures, which can include:
- Teeth Whitening: Professional whitening treatments can resolve some gray or blue teeth, but it’s not an option for everyone.
- Veneers: A thin shell is bonded to the front surface of a tooth to improve its color, size, and shape. Not only will your teeth look whiter, but you can correct multiple aesthetic concerns, like chips and gaps.
- Tooth-Colored Restorations: Metal fillings and crowns can be replaced with tooth-colored solutions.
- Root Canal: If your tooth is discolored from infection, your dentist may be able to save it with a root canal. You’ll prevent needing an extraction while restoring a flawless smile.
Get a Vibrant Smile Today
You can stop hiding your discolored teeth. Your cosmetic dentist can transform your teeth and self-esteem to give you a smile you’ll be proud to show off.
About Dr. Sienna Palmer
Dr. Palmer began her career in dentistry as a dental assistant before pursuing her dental degree from the Ostrow School of Dentistry. She remains current with the latest technologies and treatments to deliver world-class services. If you’re ready to invest in a beautiful, healthy smile, contact our office today to schedule your consultation.
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