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The Discolored Tooth Dilemma

The Discolored Tooth Dilemma

 

 

A patient walks into your clinic with a tooth that looks like this. The pulp is not exposed and other than being discolored, the tooth is sound.

 

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Why not just monitor? This tooth received significant trauma at some time in its life as evidenced by the discoloration. Studies show that over 92% of intrinsically stained teeth are non-vital. Dead teeth abscess and become painful. Our patients cannot tell us when a tooth such as this one is causing pain, so a wait-and-see approach is not recommended in this case.

More often than not you will be correct if you assume the worst, that the tooth is dead. When a tooth is discolored, root canal therapy or extraction are the two treatment options.

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Root canal therapy can save a strategic tooth, can often be performed in less time, is less painful, and has fewer post-operative complications than extraction.

 

 

 

 

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