Tooth darkening is a major side-effect of root canal treatment.
Once you approach your dentist with a relatively minor or even a near serious dental problem such as tooth decay or accidental loosening of tooth due to trauma, he will most likely suggest a root canal for you. Although tooth darkening is considered to be one of the major side effects of this form of treatment, it is still favoured over other more complicated forms which involve painful extractions and probably hospitalisations as well. The reasons could be many.
Root canal treatments can often give rise to tooth discolouration. This can be caused due to the lack of precision on the part of the dentist. Sometimes the dentist may not have removed a portion of the pulp or the nerve tissue during the operative procedure. Although this does not have any harmful repercussions as far as the fate of the root canal or the general health of the affected tooth is considered, the resultant aftermath could be ugly dental stains. Tooth staining can occur due to various reasons. Non persistent ones can be easily treated with the help of tooth bleaches, over-the-counter whiteners, whitening toothpastes and some such simple remedies.
However, such external applications may not exhibit satisfactory results in cases of tooth darkening after root canal. Such cases will definitely require a more specialised and internalised treatment for noticeable results. The treatment for such dental stains can be administered through the following sequential steps:
Tooth darkening is a common aftermath of this sort of treatment. However, the good news is that it can be addressed effectively through simple remedies such as the one explained above. Always remember to seek expert guidance for treating such specific dental stains.
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