There Is Hope After Tooth Trauma

A flying hockey puck to the mouth is not the only way to have an injury to a tooth. An elbow from a restless sleeping partner or a slip and fall can also cause trauma to a tooth. Much like other parts of your body, your teeth can bleed internally after an injury. Blood can leak in through the nerves and stain the pulp of the tooth, thus causing discoloration to the tooth. Darkening can continue over several days, weeks, or even months if it goes unchecked.

Tooth Discoloration After Trauma: What’s Next?

When trauma occurs, a tooth can change color from pearly white to black (and several shades in between). Can the tooth be saved and even returned to its natural color? A damaged tooth, however, doesn’t need to end up becoming a dead tooth. The secret is not to allow time for the damage to continue and spread. Your dentist can help you to restore your tooth back to its natural color using a root canal.

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Immediate Action Required!

The best way to save the tooth after trauma is to see your dentist as soon as possible for treatment. If left untreated for an extended period of time, discoloration becomes permanent inside the tooth. At that point, treatment options may change and the tooth may need to be extracted or a crown or veneer may be required to restore your smile. At C R Dental Group, Dr. James Reisman, voted a  Best Dentist in Dallas by D Magazine, and Dr. Jordana Contrucci are experts in evaluating and treating teeth exposed to trauma. Contact your dentist as early as you can after an injury to the mouth to be able to reach the optimum results in maintaining your healthy smile!