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What Are These Dark Spots on My Teeth?

dark spots teeth houston tx | Royal Dental USAEveryone wants the ideal white and bright teeth. You try to take good care of your dentistry, but wait! What’s this? A dark spot? If you notice that you have dark spots on your teeth, you may be worried and confused. Where is this coming from and how can I treat it?

What Causes These Dark Spots?

There are many possible causes of dark spots, and each one will require a different treatment. These include:

Surface Staining

Dark and potentially harmful substances can really do a number on your teeth, at least when it comes to their color. Coffee, tea, cigarettes, and alcohol can cause your teeth to darken. This is perhaps the easiest thing to correct, as there are many basic tooth whitening methods.

Interior Stains.

It might seem odd that your teeth can be stained from the inside out, but it’s true. These are often caused by medications or excessive fluoride exposure. Because they’re on the inside, these stains are much harder to treat. In fact, there isn’t really a way to get rid of the stain. Some external whitening treatments might help, but usually your best option will be to cover it with a veneer.

Trauma.

If your tooth is internally damaged due to some sort of trauma, the tiny tubes in your tooth can fill with blood and cause dark spots to appear. In this case, the best treatment approach is probably a root canal.

Cavities

If your tooth is in various states of decay, especially if you have a cavity on the surface of your tooth, a cavity can appear to be a black spot on your tooth. In this case, the bad news is that you have a cavity, but the good news is that the treatment is just as simple as filling the cavity.

What You Should Do

If you are worried about dark spots on your teeth, you should go see your dentist. At the very least, he or she will be able to give you peace of mind, and chances are that your dentist will be able to help your teeth regain and retain a bright, white color.

Know the Signs & Symptoms of Oral Cancer

oral cancer in houston texas at royal dental usaApril is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. With oral cancer rates on the rise it is important to understand the signs and symptoms that may indicate an oral cancer.

Oral cancer can occur on the lips, inside the mouth, the throat, tonsils, or salivary glands. Oral cancer can be fatal, with a 5 year survival rate of roughly 50 percent. One of the main reasons for oral cancer patient’s poor prognosis is a failure to detect the cancer early. Identifying symptoms of oral cancer is the key to successful treatment.

When Should I See a Dentist?

You should make an appointment with your dentist if you have any unexplained, persistent signs and symptoms that last more than two weeks.

See Your Dentist If Any of the Following Last Longer Than 2 Weeks:

  • A sore in the mouth that does not heal is the most common symptom of oral cancer
  • An unexplained pain in your mouth or ear
  • An unexplained lump in your neck
  • A lump or thickening in the cheek
  • A white or red patch on the gums, tongue, tonsil, or lining of the mouth
  • A persistent sore throat or feeling that something is caught in the throat
  • Difficulty swallowing or chewing
  • Difficulty moving the jaw or tongue
  • Numbness of the tongue or mouth
  • Jaw swelling that makes dentures hurt or fit poorly
  • Unexplained loosening of the teeth
  • Unexplained pain in the teeth or jaw
  • Voice changes

In most cases it probably won’t be cancer, but it’s better to be on the safe side and see your dentist. If oral cancer is present, getting it diagnosed as soon as possible will help ensure that any treatment is as effective as possible.

Regular Dental Visits are Key

You won’t always be able to spot the earliest warning signs of oral cancer, which is why regular check-ups with both your dentist and physician are so important. Your dentist is trained to detect early warning signs of oral cancer, so be sure to make regular checkups a part of your life.

If you don’t have a regular dentist, we would like to invite you to come visit us at your local Royal Dental office. We have 7 dental offices in the Greater Houston area to serve you and your family’s dental needs.

Help! I Swallowed my Crown!

dental crowns in houston tx | Royal Dental While it may seem ridiculous that you could swallow your crown, it does happen sometimes. Unfortunately, bonding is not perfect and crowns will come loose sometimes. In this case, hopefully you notice when it falls off, but this may be surprisingly difficult—especially if you are eating. In the case that you have swallowed your crown, don’t panic. You have options, and everything will be okay. Here’s what you should do.

1. Contact the Professionals

The first thing you should do is call both your dentist and your family doctor. Your dentist will be able to set up an appointment with you to replace your crown, and your doctor might have extra ideas about how to better pass your crown. He even might want to x-ray you to make sure things are normal (well, as normal as they can be if you have a dental crown inside of you).

2. Passing the Crown

Although you can potentially try to make yourself throw up and then look for the crown in your vomit, the most common approach is to just let the crown pass through your digestive system. You should see it within a day or a week at the most. You can help your body along by adding some soluble fiber like Metamucil. This will speed things along and also soften your stool, making it easier for you to find and retrieve the crown.

You should also start using a sturdy bucket or container to take care of your number two business. You won’t want to have to wade through your toilet water to get your crown. While it’s disgusting, it will be worth not missing the crown and therefore saving yourself hundreds of dollars. Go through your bowel movements, using disposable utensils to smash it to make sure you’re not missing the crown.

3. Replacing the Crown

After you find your crown (and if you don’t, you will want to go to the doctor to make sure that you missed and it’s not stuck in your body somewhere), you should clean it with bleach and a toothbrush the best you can. Your dentist will sterilize it and then reattach it to your tooth.

Good luck retrieving your crown!

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