Cosmetic options for a discoloured root canal treated tooth

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If you have saved a tooth by having root canal treatment, after some time, you may start to notice it looking darker than your other natural teeth. Modern dentistry no longer uses medications and materials that were once responsible for discoloured root treated teeth, and so the most likely cause for this is the dead nerve tissue shadowing through the enamel.

The good news is that this doesn’t have to be permanent. Your dentist can help improve the appearance of a discoloured root treated tooth by exploring cosmetic options with you. If you’re unhappy with how your tooth looks after root canal treatment, speak with your dentist and they may suggest options such as internal bleaching or a crown.

  • Internal bleaching: Internal bleaching works by lightening the tooth from the inside out. A whitening solution is placed deep inside the tooth and replaced regularly until a desired shade is reached.
  • Crown: A crown helps to improve the appearance of your smile by masking the natural tooth with a shade that matches your other teeth. Not only is it cosmetically beneficial, a crown will also help in strengthening the tooth and protecting it from breakage.

If you’re ready to improve the look of your decoloured tooth, give us a call on (07) 5495 4266.