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You may understand that there are many things that can cause your teeth to become yellow. Some causes include inadequate oral care and even overexposure to fluoride. You may also understand that there are several solutions you can consider, including teeth whitening. However, do you know what you would do if your tooth turns black?

Generally, a tooth turns black if your pulp—located in the center a tooth—is stained by blood. Unfortunately, your injured tooth could slowly become darker and darker. If not addressed, this darkening could actually last for a few months. If your pearly whites have turned darker, you may need root canal therapy to rectify your problem.

Sadly, you may experience this issue because of trauma to your affected tooth. However, please note that while your child’s tooth could turn black after a fall, the color of their teeth should revert back to normal a few days after the initial injury. Also, intrinsic staining might be caused by overexposure to fluoride when you are young or even due to antibiotics.

If you would like to learn more about the care you can receive from us in Silver Spring, Maryland, please feel free to give Faith Cousins DDS a call at 301-589-2714. Our dentist, Dr. Faith Cousins, and our team will gladly assess your teeth and give you personalized advice. We look forward to meeting with you!