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Gray or black Tooth After Root Canal Treatment

Image By Gregory Szarkiewicz
I am currently having tooth root canal treatment, for the second time treating same tooth, tomorrow is my last session and final filling, and I noticed that half of my tooth turned gray, I was shocked and thinking there is something wrong, so I did a research and it turns out that tooth can turn gray after or while doing a root canal treatment, and it's because of the inside of the tooth, the outside color didn't really change but it seems gray, there is a cosmetic solution for this which makes the tooth white by bleaching it, anyway you can check the reference below.

The discoloration of the tooth after root canal treatment is a cosmetic problem, especially if the tooth is at the front of the mouth.The color of the treated tooth can vary - it could be red, brown, gray or black.The main reason for discoloration after root canal treatment is an old method of treatment of the tooth’s root.The change of the color could be visible at the time of treatment or shortly after it has been performed and it deepens with time.
There are two types of bleaching-vital and non-vital.Vital whitening is performed when the teeth have live nerves, while non-vital one is performed when the teeth don’t have live nerves. The method used after root canal treatment is non-vital. If you have a problem like that, your dentist would decide what treatment is best for you. There are many factors that must be considered.
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also an interesting article, here is the parts that matters but I recommend reading the full one.


  • The tooth can get discolored if any pulp tissue is left inside the tooth "It can be easy for a dentist to accidentally leave some pulp tissue inside of the tooth because sometimes the pulp isn't all together in the middle of the tooth.  Sometimes there are little offshoots of pulp tissue in little tunnels that branch away from the main pulp chamber known as pulp horns."
  •  A tooth with a root canal get get discolored if root canal filling materials are left in the crown portion of the tooth. 
  •  Medications that are put into the root canal can discolor a tooth with a root canal.
  •  A tooth with a root canal can get discolored depending the material that is put inside of the crown . 

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So no matter if it's a cause of old method of treatment, dentist, or filling you can just fix it by bleaching, ask your dentist to do that for you, and your tooth will be back to normal especially if it's a front tooth.

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