It can sometimes be jarring to discover that one or more of your teeth is suddenly becoming discolored.
When it comes to your teeth, discoloration can happen for a variety of reasons. For the most part, if you’re noticing discoloration on one or more teeth – it’s happening either due to internal or external influences.
Fortunately, when it comes to getting rid of discoloration – extrinsic staining is often the easiest to solve because it’s being caused by either what you’re eating or a lifestyle choice – like smoking or chewing tobacco. Generally, coffee and wine can also cause staining on your teeth.
Intrinsic staining is just a little bit different. Intrinsic staining occurs when something inside the tooth is giving the tooth a darker tinge. Unlike external staining, this can happen for many more reasons than just what you eat, smoke, or chew.
Intrinsic Causes of Tooth Discoloration
Too much fluoride: For some patients, too much fluoride exposure during childhood can lead to discoloration later in life.
The tooth has been somehow damaged: if you fell or sharply impacted a tooth when you were a child, it could potentially affect the development of that tooth – contributing to discoloration. In the same way, trauma in a permanent tooth can also cause internal bleeding that can additionally darken the tooth from its natural color.
Certain antibiotics are causing discoloration: If your mother was a patient who was prescribed tetracycline antibotics, or if you used them at a young age – it could potentially contribute to accelerated discoloration.
It’s genetic: For some rare patients, an uncommon condition known as dentinogenesis imperfecta causes your teeth to take on pronounced discoloration.
There IS a Solution
Fortunately for patients with discolored teeth, our dentists in Orange County have helped countless patients get the white teeth they’ve always wanted. Whether it takes repairing a tooth with procedures ranging from root canal treatment to dental implants – or a simple in-office whitening session, our dentists in Garden Grove are experts when it comes to white teeth.