I’ve had a tooth that has been slowly changing color. It’s turning gray. I’ve tried using white strips, but they’re whitening everything except the graying tooth. I’ve even tried cutting out the strip for just that tooth and wearing it overnight, to no avail. Any advice?
Jim N. – North Carolina
Based on the information above, it sounds like that tooth has suffered some form of trauma and is dead or dying. No matter how much whitening you put on the tooth, it won’t whiten. Have a dentist look at it.
He can determine it’s status with an x-ray. If it has died, you’ll want to get a root canal or you’ll likely develop an abscess. Then a crown can be made, which will address the color issue on that tooth.
If you’re considering getting your teeth whiter than they are now, this is the time to get professional teeth whitening done–before you get the crown. Then, the crown can be matched with your new white color. Once the crown is done, it’s color can’t be changed, so be certain to get the whitening done first. That’s imperative.
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