Taking Care of Tooth Discoloration Due to Trauma

Taking Care of Tooth Discoloration Due to Trauma

You probably know that your teeth can suffer from a number of injuries—but did you know that your pearly whites could change color after you suffer trauma? While you may think teeth whitening could be enough to correct this problem, it actually isn’t. Fortunately, there are many things you could do after you suffer trauma to your teeth.

You see, your teeth can actually bleed internally like other parts of your body can. Blood can leak through your nerves and discolor the pulp of a damaged tooth. This bleeding can actually continue for months if the issue isn’t addressed. However, even if your teeth turn black, your tooth isn’t necessarily dead. In fact, our dentist could recommend root canal therapy to save your tooth.

Tooth discoloration tends to be more common in children than adults. As you may know, toddlers tend to fall, especially while they’re learning to walk. This means your child has more opportunities to hurt their teeth because of falling. However, unlike adults, if a child’s tooth changes color because of trauma, it should heal in a few days. If it doesn’t, please contact our team right away.

If you’re worried about the health of your tooth or about the health of your child’s teeth, please don’t hesitate to give our team at Desiree T. Palmer, DMD, PA and Associates a call at 919-471-9106. We’ll be happy to address your smile and provide you with personalized advice. Dr. Desiree T. Palmer, DMD and our entire team are anxious to meet with you!

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