You're looking at your child's beautiful smile when you notice that one of their teeth is turning black.
A discolored tooth is a concern for every parent and you may wonder if you need to schedule an appointment with your Jupiter pediatric dentist as soon as possible.
Here are some possible reasons why your child's tooth may be turning black and what you can do about it.
Has your child experienced any recent oral injury? Maybe they fell while playing and bumped their mouth? Or maybe they got hit in the face while playing sports?
If any of these scenarios sound likely, then that may be the reason your child's tooth is turning black.
When baby teeth get injured, they "bruise" on the inside. It doesn't matter if your little one's tooth isn't cracked or chipped or knocked out. If the trauma is strong enough, then it can affect the internal blood supply of the tooth. As a result, blood will start leaking into the tooth, making it change its color.
It's important to note that the discoloration will not occur immediately after the injury. It usually takes a couple of weeks for the tooth to start becoming darker. But, rest assured that the discoloration is not permanent and your child's tooth will turn to its natural white color in about three to six months.
If your child didn't injure their mouth in the past few weeks, then another possible reason for the discoloration could be a cavity or tooth infection. A cavity that reaches deep into the tooth will affect the enamel and lead to dark spots.
If the culprit is an infection, then the tooth is turning black because it's beginning to die. You need to act quickly if that's the case as the infection could spread and affect other teeth too. Moreover, if you don't act in time, the dentist may not be able to save the tooth and they will have to extract it.
If you notice that your child's tooth is discolored and they are also complaining about tooth pain and sensitivity, then it's important to schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.
Did you notice that one of your child's teeth is turning back and are you concerned?
It's normal to feel this way, but rest assured that you will find all the care and guidance you need at The Little Royals.
Your little one will be taken care of by a team of caring doctors and they will receive the treatment they need in a friendly and playful environment.
All you have to do to book your next appointment is to go to our contact page and fill out the online form. We will get in touch with you as soon as possible.