After an injury, color changes to a tooth may occur rapidly or take
several weeks to develop. A tooth may change color soon after an injury and
later return to its normal color.
A baby tooth (primary tooth) that turns yellow usually does not
need treatment. It may mean hardening in the inner core of the tooth (pulpal
calcification) has occurred.
A gray, black, or pink color to a tooth may mean bleeding inside
the tooth. More evaluation by your dentist is needed.
After evaluation, treatment of a discolored tooth might include
removal of the tooth (extraction), a
root canal, or simply watching the tooth for a
July 20, 2012
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
& David Messenger, MD
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