Why Do You Have a Dark Spot on Your Tooth?

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Why Do You Have a Dark Spot on Your Tooth?

How Can You Get Rid of a Dark Spot on Your Tooth?

You brush and floss your teeth, as you do every evening. You open your mouth and begin inspecting. At first glance, all looks clean and normal. But then, a dark spot on one tooth catches your eye.

Did I miss a spot when brushing? You reach for your toothbrush again and work on removing the spot. You try rinsing with mouthwash. You finally resort to rubbing the tooth with your finger in the hopes that it will simply come off. Nothing seems to get the spot to completely go away.

No need to panic. A dark spot on one of your teeth is usually a form of tooth discoloration, although it could be a sign of an oral condition. A dental expert at Penn Dental Family Practice can assess your teeth and diagnose this mysterious spot.Are you looking for an orthodontist in the Philadelphia area? You can find top treatment options from leading orthodontists at one of our two locations. Learn more about each location below:

Two Possible Causes for The Dark Spot on Your Tooth

There are a number of reasons why dark spots form on teeth. Below are two common categories to consider.

  • Extrinsic Discoloration: With this type of discoloration, the outer layer of teeth is stained. Diet plays a role in extrinsic discoloration; some drinks that stain teeth include coffee, tea, wine, and sugary sodas. Smoking can also make teeth appear more yellow.
  • Intrinsic Discoloration. Patients with this type of discoloration may have had too much exposure to fluoride when they were younger or a traumatic experience involving a permanent tooth. The inner structure of the tooth develops a darkened tint.

Another important factor that affects both types of discoloration is age. As you get older, your teeth wear down, causing stains to appear more prominent. Chips and cracks can occur as teeth weaken, which can lead to discoloration and other dental problems.

Your Treatment Options

You may see a dentist about your tooth discoloration and discover it is not connected to an underlying oral condition, and therefore does not require treatment. If you still want to remove the yellow or brown spot on your tooth for aesthetic reasons, and natural treatment methods are not working, consider teeth whitening at Penn Dental Family Practice. You can schedule a meeting with one of our whitening specialists, who will explain the teeth whitening procedure. In-office teeth whitening removes stains through an oxidation process, which can significantly brighten your smile.

While you will see the best results when you get your teeth professionally whitened, we also offer take-home trays for you to whiten your teeth at home.

Do not fear the dark spot on your tooth. Instead, schedule an appointment so one of our Penn dentists can evaluate your teeth, determine its cause, and suggest the best form of treatment for you. You may also be interested in checking out our complimentary eBook, which discusses the positive impacts of a teeth whitening procedure.

Call our office at 215-898-7337 for more information.