First of all, we here at StarImage Dentistry are sorry. Chipping a tooth is no fun at all. More than anything, it hurts: far from being just lumps of enamel, teeth are surprisingly sensitive. That’s because the so-called “dental pulp” includes important nerves and blood vessels. The hard part of your teeth–the enamel–is just the outer coating that protects the rest of your tooth!
Your Tooth Is a Complex Piece of Equipment
There are two common reasons why your tooth may have darkened. Sometimes the tooth is basically bruised. This may be nothing more than a cosmetic issue. On the other hand, your tooth could have turned black after you chipped it because the nerve inside died. Due to inflammation and blood rushing to the area, the damaged part of the tooth is cut off from blood flow. The inside of your tooth eventually “dies,” giving it that distinctive black color.
But what happens after your tooth turns black is even more of a concern than an unsightly smile. If you don’t address the issue, then you’re walking around with a pocket of dead tissue in your mouth. Without the support of your immune system, this tissue is open to attack by all of the bacteria that call your mouth home. This means infection– and infection, unless you take care of it quickly, means a serious health risk. Especially with a tooth, where the affected area has a straight-shot to the bones, nerves, and blood vessels in your head!
An infected tooth could infect other teeth, your sinuses, even your brain. Or the infection could spread via your blood to any part of the body.
Don’t Worry– There Are Solutions!
So what can you do about a chipped and blackened tooth? Well, depending on how bad it is, there are a couple of different solutions. If it’s bad enough, it might be time for a root canal, where a dentist or endodontist replaces infected tissue in your tooth with an inert substitute that lets you keep the tooth. It may never get that bad, though, especially if your tooth is simply discolored. Plenty of solutions exist to fix your tooth, from porcelain veneers to teeth whitening. Don’t give up hope on a blackened tooth! It may be that all it needs is some simple cosmetic correction.
If you’re worried about any of your teeth, either for health reasons or to fix more cosmetic issues, don’t hesitate to contact StarImage Dentistry today online or on the phone at (940) 322-2252 for an appointment with one of our cosmetic dentists. Even if you’re not in the Wichita Falls area, we can still help answer any questions you may have. We believe that everyone deserves a beautiful smile, and we’d love to help you get yours back!