Category Archives: Discolored Teeth

Getting rid of brown spots

I’ve had brown spots on my teeth since I was a child. They really embarrass me. My dentist has been trying all kinds of whitening, but it only makes the area around the brown spots whiter making the spots MORE noticeable. She is thinking of trying to grind off the brown spots, but we’re both hesitant because we don’t know how much she’d have to grind. Do you have recommendations?

Jenna C.- Alabama

Jenna,

Your dentist sounds very caring, but she does not understand cosmetic dentistry. I recommend you continue seeing her for your general dentistry needs, but to get these brown spots taken care of to any measure of satisfaction you will need to see an expert cosmetic dentist.

Teeth whitening will not work on your situation. In fact, if there are color differences, the bleaching will accentuate them. My recommendation is that you have porcelain veneers put on them. As I said before, you will want to have this done by an expert cosmetic dentist, so not only will it cover your spots, but their will be an artistry that makes them look both natural and beautiful.

One of the ways to find a qualified cosmetic dentist is to go to the mynewsmile.com website. This site is run by a cosmetic dentist and he recommends only the best in each state. They cannot buy there way onto the recommended list. Instead, they have to prove their training credentials and give examples of their artistry. You’ll be safe with anyone on that list.

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Root canal without pain

How can I need a root canal if I’ve never had any pain in my tooth? My dentist said that my tooth is infected and needs a root canal and a crown. I’ve never felt any pain in the area at all. That tooth is a little darker than the others, but that is it.

Mason L- West Virginia,

Mason,

It is possible you had hit that tooth many years ago, damaging the nerves.  You ended up having an infection and never felt it. Because the tooth is going dark, I suspect it has been infected for a while.

Once you get the root canal, you’ll more than likely find that you feel better overall.

You may also be interested in my preventative care page.

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One Opaque Tooth

I have translucent teeth expcept for one of my top front teeth, which is opaque. When I look at pictures of my youth, both top front teeth were white. I did not fall or have any trauma to the tooth. I am not having success with whitening my translucent teeth to bring them up to the opaque tooth. Having this one opaque tooth ruins my smile. Would an in office whitening procedure work? My teeth are healthy, I don’t like the idea of shaving them down for veneers. Any suggestions?
- Pam from Connecticut

Pam,
Teeth bleaching or whitening will not help your teeth match any better. In fact, it may make your smile look worse. Bleaching doesn’t work for any unevenness of color – it tends to accentuate unevenness. It will make your tranlucent teeth more translucent.

My recommendation would be to find an excellent cosmetic dentist and have the one tooth bonded or one porcelain veneer so that it matches the others. It won’t really require grinding the tooth down – at the most it would require a very slight amount of tooth preparation on the one tooth. There’s really no other way to get them right, if they look different.

But you need an excellent cosmetic dentist. The way you are describing this sounds very tricky – the dentist and the laboratory would have to be able to mimic the translucency of the translucent tooth without making the veneer or bonding actually translucent. It can be done – but it’s not a job for your typical family dentist.