Health Encyclopedia

Tooth That Has Changed Color After an Injury

Tooth That Has Changed Color After an Injury

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 while.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer David Messenger, MD
Last Revised July 20, 2012

This information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise, Incorporated disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information. Your use of this information means that you agree to the Terms of Use. How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.

© 1995-2013 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.

USNWR 2013-2014Magnet Hospital RecognitionConsumer Choice2014 Best DoctorsJoint Commission Report

Disclaimer: The information on this website is for general informational purposes only and SHOULD NOT be relied upon as a substitute for sound professional medical advice, evaluation or care from your physician or other qualified health care provider.