Dr. Timothy J. Dunn and Dr. April J. Castro, Bethesda MD Dentist  
Tooth Discoloration
discolored tooth

What Causes Tooth Discoloration?

Teeth become discolored for different reasons:

  • Frequently drinking coffee, tea, or colas.
  • Some antibiotics may darken developing teeth in children.
  • Aging - The dentin underneath the enamel of a tooth gradually darkens with age.
  • Use of tobacco products.
  • Accidents - If a tooth has been traumatized, sometimes the nerve will gradually "die", and the tooth becomes dark.
  • After Root Canal Therapy, a tooth will generally darken.

What Can Be Done About Tooth Discoloration?

The four most common remedies for tooth discoloration are

Each patient must be evaluated individually, so Contact Us to set up a Cosmetic Dentistry consult. Dr. Dunn or Dr. Castro will discuss the appropriate options with you for your particular case.