You may not be a dentist, but you can certainly tell when something’s not quite right about your teeth. If you have noticed a dark spot on your tooth, you are right to be curious about what caused it. The spot may have been on your tooth since childhood or it may have occurred recently. Either way, it’s a signal of some sort of defect in the enamel, and it deserves the attention of a qualified dental professional.
You may be inclined to turn to the various internet sources for a self-diagnosis, but with so many possible causes, it’s wise to view online information as merely a guide and remember that it should not serve as a substitute for professional care.
Consider these possible causes for the dark spot on your tooth, and then call to schedule a dental visit as soon as possible:
- Tooth decay (a cavity): Can occur anywhere on the enamel of the tooth or on the softer root surface of the tooth; May or may not cause pain.
- A dental nerve that has died or is in the process of dying: A tooth that is no longer receiving a proper supply of blood from the nerve will begin to weaken and become discolored due to a lack of nourishment.
- A stained or discolored filling: An old filling (tooth-colored or amalgam) can become discolored as an early sign of deterioration.
- An enamel defect related to the development of the tooth: During childhood, or even in utero, an abnormality during the development of the enamel can result in a dark brown spot or a bright white spot.
- Receding gums: Recessed gums leave the root surface of the teeth visible, revealing a darker and rougher-textured portion of the tooth.
According to your dentist’s diagnosis, the spot on your tooth may require restorative dental treatment or it may be a benign condition that should be monitored periodically.
To obtain a more definitive diagnosis, call Fielder Park Dental to schedule an appointment with your dentist today.