Visitors to Greenville Family Dentistry will notice that a lot of the discussion of cosmetic dentistry addresses stains on teeth. Whitening is a valuable service to people whose teeth are discolored by extrinsic stains, which are acquired through exposure to certain drinks or smoking, but sometimes discoloration is due to factors that are intrinsic, or on the inside.
Excessive fluoride exposure and certain drugs can cause changes in the color of the pulp, but usually, intrinsic stains are due to traumatic injury. They can still be covered by veneers or bonding, of course, but trauma isn’t just a cosmetic problem. It is likely the patient will need a root canal in order to remove inflamed or infected material, or else the infection may progress and cause pain. Bleaching the outside of a tooth will not cure an intrinsic injury and will do little to improve the tooth’s color. However, if a root canal is performed before traumatized tissue changes the tooth’s color, masking the tooth may not be necessary. Patients should also be aware that as they age, the enamel covering their teeth’s yellow inner layers will simply thin, and that this isn’t the same thing as having an infection. The advanced imaging systems in our office will help us get to the truth of the matter.
Dr. Christopher Emuedue operates Greenville Family Dentistry at 7215 I-30, Suite B, Greenville, Texas, 75402. To schedule an appointment, call 903-455-6701 or visit GreenvilleFamilyDentistryTX.com and fill out a contact sheet.