Dark Tooth: Why Your Child Has a Discolored Tooth

Dark Tooth: Why Your Child Has a Discolored Tooth

Why Your Child Has a Dark Tooth
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If you have kids, you know that they can get themselves into a lot of interesting accidents.  Many times when kids get a head injury they knock out a tooth.  Other times, they simply hit the tooth really hard and injure it.

It has been estimated that 8-30% of kids under 7 suffer an accident that injures one of their baby front teeth.

Dark Tooth - Tooth DiscolorationAny time a tooth suffers an injury, there is a possibility that it may turn a different color.  If you’re wondering what it means if your child’s tooth has turned pink, red, gray, black, brown, or yellow, then you’re the reason I wrote this article!

Tip - I will use words like pulp, dentin, and enamel in this article. If you don’t know what those mean, you might want to brush up on The Anatomy of a Tooth.

When Your Child’s Tooth Turns Dark (Gray, Brown, or Black) After a Tooth Injury

When blood leaks out of blood vessels after a tooth injury, blood by-products such as iron can make their way into the small tubes inside the dentin layer of the tooth.  As the blood breaks down, it can make the tooth appear to be gray, dark gray, brown or even black.  This color change doesn’t usually occur until 2-3 weeks after the tooth has been injured and can occur after a tooth has turned red (see below.)

The book Paediatric Dentistry by Welbury states that “although the reaction is reversible to a degree, the crown of the injured tooth retains some of the discoloration for an indefinite period.  In cases of this type, there is some chance that the pulp will retain its vitality, although the likelihood of vitality is apparently low in primary teeth with dark gray discoloration.”

Basically, the author is stating that even if a tooth has a dark color, it may still be able to return to health.  Some experts have said that the darker the discoloration, the more likely it is that the nerve of the tooth has died.  For example, this study “found that 33 of 51 traumatized teeth with gray-black discoloration were necrotic.”  However, other experts state that the shade of darkness doesn’t reflect the health of the pulp.

If your child’s tooth has turned dark, the best thing to do is to have your child’s dentist look at it.  If there are other signs that the tooth is dead such as swelling or an infection that shows up on the x-ray, then your child’s dentist will probably choose to do something about it such as performing a root canal treatment or removing the tooth.

If there is no sign of infection in a dark tooth, the dentist may choose to not do anything and let the tooth eventually fall out on its own when the permanent tooth is ready to take on its role in the mouth.  A study by Sonis showed that 72% of darkened teeth fell out normally without any bad effects on the permanent tooth.

Also, if there are no other signs of infection, this study showed that there is no need to do a root canal.  The researchers concluded that “Root canal treatment of primary incisors that had change their color into a dark-gray hue following trauma with no other clinical or radiographic symptom is not necessary as it does not result in better outcomes in the primary teeth and their permanent successors.”

When Your Child’s Tooth Turns Red or Pink After a Tooth Injury

If a tooth is going to turn red after an injury it can turn red shortly after the injury, or it can wait anywhere from a few weeks to months before it begins to turn a pinkish red color.

Red and Pink Teeth Immediately After the Injury

If a tooth turns red shortly after being traumatized, it usually means that the blood vessels inside the pulp broke.  When the blood vessels rupture, blood leaks inside the whole pulp area of the tooth resulting in a reddish pink color.  This condition is known as pulpal hyperemia.

Sometimes pulpal hyperemia is difficult to detect.  You may have to shine a light on your child’s tooth and look at the tongue side of the tooth with a mirror to detect this color change.

The pink/red color may take a long time to go away or it may never go away and the tooth may start to darken to a shade of gray.

Red and Pink Teeth Weeks after the Injury

As a result of trauma, sometimes cells inside the tooth start eating away at the hard layers of the tooth through a process called internal resorption.  These cells are called odontoclasts and in certain cases they can eat away to the outside of the tooth within a few short weeks.  The tooth looks pink because as the pulp layer of the tooth gets bigger, its red color more easily shines through the thin layer of remaining tooth structure.

A man named James Howard Mummery first noticed this “pink spot” that appears on teeth, which is why it is typically referred to as pink tooth of Mummery.  Pink tooth of Mummery can start occurring anywhere from a few weeks to months after a tooth is injured.

These teeth are usually kept until the crown of the tooth is dissolved.  Then the tooth root can either be removed or it can be left to get dissolved spontaneously as the permanent tooth comes into your child’s mouth.

When Your Child’s Tooth Turns Yellow After a Tooth Injury

The dentin layer of a tooth under the enamel is normally a yellow color.  If a tooth reacts to an injury by laying down a lot more dentin, it is known as pulp canal obliteration (Also called calcific metamorphososis, progressive canal calcification or dystrophic calcification.)

The increase in the amount of dentin and the concurrent decrease in the amount of pulp gives the tooth a yellow, opaque color.

The book Pediatric Dentistry by Pinkham states that “although pulp canal obliteration is a pathologic process, it has no known deleterious effects and therefore does not necessitate any treatment except follow-up.”

It is important to regularly follow-up with your child’s dentist about any teeth that have turned yellow after an injury.  The book Paediatric Dentistry by Welbury notes that “a small percentage [of yellow teeth] demonstrate pathologic change many years after the injury.”

Conclusion

Many times parents want to rush treatment when their child’s tooth changes color.  It is important to understand that “in the primary dentition of a healthy child, color change alone does not indicate a need for pulp therapy or extraction of the tooth (Pinkham.)”

Basically, if your child’s baby tooth has changed color, often the best treatment is no treatment.  As long as an infection doesn’t develop, simply waiting it out and seeing what happens could mean that your child doesn’t have to go through unnecessary dental treatment.  And that’s a good thing, especially after they’ve already been through a traumatic tooth injury.

Do you have any stories, questions, or comments about tooth discoloration?  Do you still have a question that I didn’t answer?  Feel free to write your thoughts in the comments section below so that we can all learn from each other – Thanks for reading!

Submitted Photos

Krista from The Muminator blog shared the following photos of her daughter after she had an accident in 2012:

Here’s a photo not too long after her daughter was playing on the furniture and fell:

Dark Tooth Following Traumatic Accident

Here’s a photo a few weeks after that.  The tooth continued to get darker:

Dark Tooth Continues to Get Darker Following Accident

And a final photo of the tooth returning almost back to its normal color:

Dark Tooth Getting Light Again Following Accident

You can read all about her daughter’s experience on this thorough blog post that she wrote about the entire experience.

The following photo is from Jennifer, who has left some very informative comments below regarding her daughter’s dark tooth.  She states:

Its not white completely but is a lot better than what it was… The left side of the photo is around 3-4 weeks after the trauma.. and the right side of the picture was taken a few days ago, around 8 weeks after the trauma, It has also moved back into alignment a bit more as well, as it was knocked back with a blunt blow.
Dark Tooth Turned White Again

If you have a photo of your child who had an injury that caused a tooth to discolor, please send them to me using this form and I can post them here to help others who are going through this same experience.

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137 COMMENTS

  1. According to the study mentioned in your article, “72% of darkened teeth fell out normally without any bad effects on the permanent tooth.” What does it mean if the permanent tooth comes in discolored? My son had a gray tooth as a result of an accident when he was three. He is 8 now, and his permanent tooth is coming in gray.

    • Hi Miriam – Thanks for your comment – you bring up a good point that I neglected to mention in the article. If children are young when they damage a baby tooth, it can damage the permanent tooth. I talk about this in a previous article about what to do when your child’s baby tooth falls out.

      Since your son was three, his enamel was still forming on the permanent tooth. The accident most likely disrupted the formation of the enamel and caused a defect known as Turner’s Tooth. This Wikipedia article has some good information on that condition.

      Usually the tooth appears to be chalky white, yellow or brown. I haven’t heard of it being gray, but I wouldn’t rule it out. It’s a possibility that something more happened to the tooth and the nerve died. In any case, it’s best to take your son in for a check-up to see if there is any infection around the tooth or if it appears to be alive and healthy.

      I hope that helps, Miriam. Let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks for your comment!

      • Hi Tom,

        Thank you for this article and your response to Miriam’s comment. My son who is 7 had two teeth trauma accidents when he was younger. The first was his two front bottom teeth at age 1.5 yrs and the second involved his front top 4 and bottom 2 teeth at age 3. When he was 6 and his teeth began changing, 4 of his permanent teeth came in discolored. The two bottom teeth, I could see the vein redish-orange and fade to large brown/yellow spot,s which are still very prominent. His two front top teeth also came in with brown discoloration. I asked our family doctor and told him I thought it was from the trauma but he did not agree. After reading your article, I now know that I am correct as we are very diligent about oral hygiene and that they aren’t cavities. They do not create any pain or discomfort for my son but I have noticed that it appears the bottoms teeth are losing enamel or wearing at the base of his gums. What is the treatment for these teeth issues? He is so young and we do not have any health or dental insurance as a large family with a small business. Also, I prefer holistic treatment as much as possible. What options do we have? Thank you so much.

        • Hi Cara – If the teeth came in like that and the discoloration didn’t happen after they came in, then it is most likely due to the trauma. Here are some treatments for that in order from least invasive to most invasive:
          1 – As long as the discolored area/pits are solid and not soft (no decay), you can leave them as is and use fluoride toothpaste and a fluoride mouth wash, making sure that he brushes them very carefully since the likely pitting can make it more likely to become decayed.
          2 – You could have tooth-colored filling material placed over the spots.
          3 – Some dentists may recommend veneers or crowns at some point when he’s older, but I believe it’s usually wise to hold off on this as long as you can, especially if the discoloration doesn’t bother him.

          As far as the wearing at the base of the gums, it could be part of the roots of his teeth showing. Does have have any gum recession there, or a prominent frenum?

          • Thank you for your response and just to confirm, yes, the teeth came in discolored.

            There isn’t any gum recession for the bottom two teeth or a prominent frenum.The teeth seem to be rougher in texture, not smooth, and slightly indented/weathered near the gums.

            The color is just beginning to bother him as kids are teasing him about having “cavities” and he has been modeling until his permanent teeth came in when I think the color of his teeth have factored into him landing jobs or not.

            I will surely look at the tooth colored filling material as the first option. Does it have a specific name?

            Again, thank you for your response. This has been very helpful!

            • Hi Cara – I’m guessing that the discoloration is part of the damage done to the permanent teeth when he had the accident. Without seeing him in person, it’s hard to say for sure though. The tooth-colored material is called composite resin, or commonly referred to as “bonding”.

              Good luck!

    • Hi Pamela – Thanks for your comment – At least now you’ll know what it means if you ever see a discolored or dark tooth in the future :-) Have a great day!

      • Hiya I’m 20 I’ve been brushing my teeth everyday and my four big bottom teeth are grey and black all of a sudden why and what should I do I’m scared if I need them taken out as I’m terrified of injections please could you email me as soon as possible

  2. My 5 year old son’s top front tooth is slightly discolored( grayish) from last 2 weeks or so. It may be 2-3 months back that he bumped his mouth on the floor..this is the only accident happened to his mouth.
    Took him to pediatric dentist today as after x-ray he was showing me a line on the tooth ( which I was not able to see). Bottom line is that he is suggesting to do a baby root canal as the vein inside is damaged.

    I am concern about it as the tooth is very slightly gray and he is not complaining of any pain or swelling…I do not want my son to go through this procedure if time can heal it.

    Another concern is ,if Ido not go through root canal..is any any chance that his permanent tooth will aslo be discolored or infected…appreciate your respose.

    thanks,

    • Hi Seema – It sounds like your son’s dentist believes that the tooth is dead. Sometimes, these teeth can return to health, and sometimes they don’t. You can read the section above about gray teeth to see some of the studies that I cited about your son’s situation.

      If you don’t go through with the root canal, an infection could develop which could cause damage to the permanent tooth. However, this study did show that 72% of gray teeth that are untreated simply fall out without any problems. It’s also important to mention that having a root canal done on a baby tooth can damage the permanent tooth as well, although this rarely occurs.

      It sounds like you do have some doubts, so you might think about getting a second opinion. I hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.

    • Hi Seema,
      How did everything work out with your sons tooth? I am going through the same thing right now. My 5 year old son bumped hit front tooth a few years ago, and it turned gray after a couple of weeks. It’s been gray for a few years now, but this morning his lip is slightly puffy and his gums above the dead tooth are a darker red and he said it hurts. I really don’t want to have to put him through the root canal if I don’t have to. Please let me know what happened with your little boy. Thank you!

      • Hi, I took my son to his dentist after the x-ray they said that his tooth was dead and will stay gray. They said the good news was there was no damage to the permanent tooth and that as long as he doesn’t develop any pain or infection they will leave the tooth alone and let it fall out when it’s ready. The told me to watch out for signs of an abcess which included swollen, dark gums and pain. It sounds like maybe he has an abcess or infection starting. Hopefully they can treat it with antibiotics and avoid the root canal or extraction. Good luck and I hope he feels better soon!

  3. My nearly 5-year-old daughter did a face plant in the driveway about three weeks ago and this last week, her tooth has become increasingly purple. But otherwise, it looks fine (no swelling, etc.) … this article was a huge comfort to me – sounds like we need to take the wait and see approach! Thanks for the comprehensive info.

    • Hi Rebecca – I hope your daughter is recovering well! It’s always a good idea to get it looked at by a dentist as well. When the teeth do turn dark, there’s a good chance that the pulp could have died. Thanks for your comment!

  4. My three year old son and I had a terrible spill on the pavement when going downhill with the stroller today. The wheel turned and locked up and my son ended up face down on the road.
    After checking him over, icing his swollen lips and comforting him I found that one of his front teeth has what looks like a bruise on the gum line above it and was bleeding at the time of the accident. The tooth is not chipped or discolored at all.
    He hasn’t expressed any pain in his tooth and even wanted to eat supper shortly afterward.
    I’ve been really worried about it all day and am wondering if you’ve encountered similar stories of the gum being broken/bruised and whether it is likely that his tooth is damaged.
    Thanks so much,
    Amanda

    • Hi Amanda – I hope your son is doing alright! What happens sometimes with injuries to the teeth is that the tissues around the tooth start bleeding, and the only way for the blood to come out is at the gum-line.

      Any time that a child has an injury to the face that affects the teeth, it is a good idea to go to the dentist to check on the health of the tooth. From what you describe, it sounds like your son’s tooth will be alright. However, the only way to know for sure is to visit a dentist who can examine your son in person and let you know what’s really going on with the tooth.

      I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any other questions, Amanda. Thanks for your comment!

  5. My 9-year-old has had a purple/red color to a baby tooth that is loose. It has been this way for a few weeks. Yesterday, she said she can feel a “hole” on that tooth with her tongue and she can taste blood. Is this common? We are going to see the dentist tomorrow, but I found your website and was curious to get your perspective.
    Thank you!

    • Hi Candi – Did the tooth have a cavity in it or did it ever have any trauma? It could be that the tooth is loose and the hole your daughter is feeling is simply the bottom of the tooth where the root has dissolved now that it is ready to come out.

      I’m not exactly sure what it is without that information. I hope that helps. Let us know what ends up happening at the dentist’s. Thanks for your comment, Candi!

    • Candi,

      How was this resolved? I have the same situation. My daughter’s tooth showed red and now has a hole in the back. It is high in the top middle, so not root dissolving. I am wondering if she had a small cavity and the trauma made it worse or if we have an infection. She has ZERO pain and of course it is Saturday…

      Thanks!

  6. My 2 yr old daughter fell two weeks ago, the gums were slightly bruised. Today I noticed her tooth is slightly darker (grayish). The tooth is not loose but she still has a small bruise on the back of the tooth. Do you think the tooth will get darker? It is not painful for her to eat or brush. Should I be worried?

    • Hi Jh – I really can’t give you a good answer. Any time that a tooth is injured, there is a chance that it will get dark and that the nerve will die.

      In your daughter’s case, it is possible that the tooth will get darker, but it is also possible that the tooth will heal and become white again. Only time will tell. Your daughter’s dentist will be able to do some tests to find out if the tooth seems like it will heal alright.

      I hope that helps, Jh. Let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks for your comment!

  7. My daughter is 6 and she has her first permanent molar that came in a few weeks ago. I did not pay a lot of attention to it at first, just told her to make sure she brushed it well. She started complaining that it hurt to brush it so I looked at it and it looks gray and hurts when I brush it on the biting surface. What could be wrong with her tooth? Her dentist is out of town this week and I am just an overly worried mom. Any advice is welcomed!

    • Hi Maggie – It may be possible that the tooth was slightly broken through the gums for a while before it came all of the way into her mouth. If so, it may be a cavity. There could also be a defect in how the tooth’s enamel formed. In any case, it’s always a good idea to get it checked out by your daughter’s dentist to find out what’s really going on and how you can fix it.

      I hope that helps, Maggie. Let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks for your comment!

  8. My 8 year old’s permanent teeth are all turning a browinsh yellow color. The only thing we have changed is her daily vitamins from Bluebonnet? I’ve also noticed that she is losing more hair than usual. I have a doctor’s appointment, but wondered if you’ve heard of the teeth changing color due to vitamins?

    • Hi Wendy – I haven’t heard of teeth changing color due to vitamins. Perhaps there is something else going on that is related to the hair loss. Hopefully you get everything figured out. I wish I could be of more help!

      Let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks for your comment, Wendy!

  9. My 3 year-olds front teeth (both) went dark grey 3-weeks after a face plant into the concrete in april, then they turned pink. Now they are half grey near the gums, fading to white at the tips.

    Dentist said leave it alone unless the gums start to swell.

    Will they ever go white again?

    • Hi Joe – Sometimes the teeth can return to health and the discoloration will improve. It’s really hard to tell what will happen – sometimes the discoloration will go away or it may stay until the tooth finally falls out and the permanent one comes in.

      I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks for your comment, Joe!

  10. My 2 year old son had a fall and hit his front tooth about 5 months ago, 2 weeks after the tooth went slightly grey. We took him to the dentist who just said to keep an eye on it. Over the last couple of weeks the tooth has become alot darker, should I be concerned? Also is the tooth likely to become darker still or is there a chance it will become a little lighter in colour?

    Many thanks
    Carla

    • Hi Carla – It could improve, but I wouldn’t bet on it. The fact that it has continually gotten darker makes me think that it may eventually die. It’s hard to tell what will happen with the color in the future. Sometimes these teeth do return to health.

      If you don’t mind the discoloration, the best thing to do is to follow the advice of your dentist and keep an eye on it to see what happens.

      I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks for your comment, Carla!

      • Hi Tom,

        Thank you so much for your reply.

        Is there anything that can be done about the colour of my sons tooth? I know its only his baby tooth but I feel so sad when I see his almost black tooth, knowing he is likely to have it for another 5 years.

        I just wandered if there was anything a dentist could do to make it white again without my son having to have anesthetic?

        Many thanks
        Carla

        • Hi Carla – I’m not sure what a dentist would be able to do without anesthetic. An option may be to place some white filling material over the tooth, but that may not mask the color too well if the tooth is really dark. Your best option would be to go to a pediatric dentist and see if they have any other options for you. I hope everything works out – keep us updated.

          I hope that helps – Thanks for your comment, Carla. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  11. My 7 year old daughter hit her front tooth on the head of a playmate while bouncing on a trampoline. It bled around the gums immediately after and started turning color the next day (I can’t really figure out what color it is, as there are varying shades – brown, grey, purple). Have you ever heard of a tooth changing color so quickly after being hit? The tooth was a little loose already. I would guess it was going to fall out on its own in the next few months. Is there harm in waiting for it to fall out on its own vs. getting it pulled?
    Thanks for any input!

    • Hi Melody – Sometimes the teeth do change color very quickly. Since it does involve an injury, it really would be best to have your daughter’s dentist take a look at it and let you know if it needs to come out. When a tooth is traumatized like that, there’s always a possibility that it could get infected, depending on the severity of the injury. Your dentist will be able to make the best decision for your daughter regarding how you should proceed.

      I wish I could be of more help, Melody. Let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks for your comment!

  12. My 9 year old son lost his first tooth a few months ago. His top two front teeth have been loose since then and just last week blood appeared around the gum of one of those teeth and the next day the tooth was a light grey color. The color is actually improving but yesterday he lost the non-grey tooth and it appears the dental pulp is still attached and that he just lost the crown. The tooth/ crown that came out had not a speck of blood on it but instead of the usual gap you expect to see when a tooth has been lost he has what appears to be a tiny red tooth made of tissue, which I’m assuming is the dental pulp. Have you heard of this happening before? I’ve called his dentist to make an appointmnet but hoped to be able to reassure my son in the meantime. Thanks for any information you might have!

    Sheri

    • Hi Sheri – Sorry it’s taken so long to get back to you – I had finals last week!

      If the teeth were already loose, I am guessing that all that’s probably left of the teeth are the crowns and not very much root (it usually ends up dissolving as the permanent tooth works its way out.) Does it feel like there’s anything hard left where the tooth came out? If it’s all soft, I am betting that it’s just gum tissue and that the permanent tooth is ready to come through. I haven’t heard of that, but I’m lacking in the experience department :-). Your dentist may have see something similar and can let you know what to do. It sounds like both teeth are ready to come out though.

      I hope that helps – Thanks for your comment! Let me know if you have any other questions, Sheri.

  13. hi tom,, i am 19 year old i had a milk teeth ( that is front teeth) inside of the mouth.. doctor advised me to remove that teeth but it is strong and white ,it is compulsory to remove that?..and what happens if we remove a strong and healthy teeth. ( i had only one milk teeth and i don’t want plant a teeth..)

    • Hi Ashika – If there is a permanent tooth underneath it, then it would be a good idea to remove it. If you have a congenitally missing tooth and there is not a permanent tooth under the baby tooth, then I would think that you should keep the baby tooth for as long as it will last in your mouth.

      I hope that helps – Thanks for your comment, Ashika. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  14. Hello Tom. My 21 month old daughter had a bad bang today and hit her two front teeth. The doctor said that the teeth were injured and that we just have to wait and see. Is it possible that even with an injury to the teeth and some gum bleeding, the tooth might not change color at all?

    Thanks,
    M

    • Hi Mary – It is possible, everyone’s teeth react in different ways. Sometimes, waiting and watching the tooth is the best way to assess the damage that was done. Hopefully her teeth stay healthy. Good luck!

      I hope that helps – Thanks for your comment, Mary. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  15. Here are photos of my son’s teeth. He’s 2, this just started yesterday. He hasn’t hit his mouth on anything. We were thinking some sort of mineral deficiency? He’s on iron drops for an iron deficiency, and just started Ionic Silver yesterday. Really want to find out why they are turning color! I have healthy teeth and didn’t have cavities until I was 17. His teeth were not like this on Sunday.

    • Hi Nikki – I couldn’t get the link to work to see the pictures. The only thing that comes to mind right now would be that the iron drops are contacting his teeth and discoloring them. I’ve heard of that occurring before, but it should be temporary and go away if the drops are stopped.

      I hope that helps – Thanks for your comment, Nikki. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  16. Hi Tom. I posted on your sharkteeth article in the past weeks and was just browsing around. Same son also had this in the front tooth that fell out normally. He was 3 when he injured it at a birthday party. It looked bruised and gradually over 3 years faded back to white. By the time he lost it, you could barely tell that it had been bruised although the tooth looked terrible–like a cavity from the gum to middle of tooth–for the first year.
    By the way, this child also has a floating tooth in the roof of his mouth that they are keeping an eye on and I fear most of his teeth are just all kinds of crooked. However, my daughter’s teeth are near perfect(Thank goodness!) She’s 12 and her worst issue is a slight overbite.

    • Hi Heidi – Thanks for sharing your son’s experience. I’m sure it will help calm the fears of some parents who come across this article wondering if there is hope after their child’s tooth has turned dark from an injury.

      Good luck getting the rest of his teeth straightened out!

  17. My 6 year old daughter’s front tooth is coming in slightly discolored (gray). She has had no injuries to her mouth. What could this be. I dont want her growing up with self-conscience issues. If it is permantly discolored can it be fixed?

    • Hi Kat – Most permanent teeth are not as white as the baby teeth, so if it’s a minor discoloration, that could be the reason. Also, certain antibiotics can cause discoloration, such as tetracycline staining. Another possibility is that she fell on something when she was a child and it may have caused damage to the permanent tooth without causing much of a problem with the baby tooth.

      I hope that helps – I will try to research this more and write a post on it in the future. Thanks for your comment, Kat – Let me know if you have any other questions.

  18. Hi Tom..I m 21 year old..at the age of 10 one of my front teeth(lower jaw) got broken…a very little part of it got broken…and from a past 3 weeks the gum of that tooth is getting darkend nd there is a slight movement in the tooth…so i went to a doctor..doctor said me that due to that breakage my tooth got infected nd she adviced to remove the tooth and put a cap taking the support of the next 2 teeth….and if not its going to spread to the next teeth also….
    Is der any other possible treatments??kindly advice

  19. My son’s tooth is every bit as dark as the picture, however his accident (a bike injury) only occurred 9 days ago. Should I be concerned that it has turned dark so quickly?

  20. Hi Tom,
    I’m 19 years old and one of my teeth turned a purplish color about a month ago, it has no pain or anything like that, but I just ate some chicken and now it’s loose! What could be wrong with me and how can I fix this at home temporarily until I can afford the dentist? (I’m financially struggling so the dentist is a hard spot :(..) Is there any way I can make my tooth not be loose, I’m so scared that it is going to fall out, please help. Thank you
    ~Amber

    • Hi Amber – A loose, purple tooth could mean a lot of things. It’s very likely that there is a problem with the nerve inside of the tooth. An x-ray would be able to help pinpoint the problem. If you live near a dental school, you could try going in there. Many schools will diagnose a problem and give you your treatment options for a small fee.

      • Thank you Tom, I will definitely check that out. Is there anything I can do in the meantime to make sure it does not fall out? I have been eating only soft foods, any other ideas? Thanks :)

  21. Hello, I am 14 years old and I saw dark\ silvery spots on my teeth. When I found this out i immediately started brushing the area’s that the dark spots are in for about 20-30 minutes. Is there anyway these dark spots can be reversed? I am very,very,very worried. I have not had a mouth injury so far. But I have been sick over the week end if that helps, witch it probably doesn’t but hey. And also, these are permanent teeth and nothing is growing underneath them. please help! :\

    • Hi Felicia – I’m not quite sure what they would be. It would be a good idea to call your dentist and speak with them to find out what’s going on. Brushing them for 20-30 minutes usually isn’t a good idea because the abrasives in the toothpaste can start to scrape away your enamel.

  22. Hello Tom, Thanks for the very informative article.
    I have a 3 1/2 year old and she lost 3 of her front top teeth when she fell on a rock in a waterfall on a trek.
    she had developed an gum infection for her upper gums and was on clindamycin for 2 weeks along with an antibiotic mouthwash two times a day.
    3 months after the incident now her lower front teeth ( 6 of them ) have turned yellow.
    Does that mean that her lower front teeth also were affected in the fall? or is it possibly because of the antibiotic mouthwash? I would really appreciate your opinion.
    thanks
    Lohita

  23. I am a 16 year old teenager. I have noticed that my tooth has changed colors. I had my wisdom teeth removed maybe a month ago. The cut my cheek and i am beginning to think that they caused damage to a tooth that i have had filled. What should i do? Go to the dentist and see what they say, or…what? I just need some advice. Soon! it hurts really bad too. Thanks for your time. :)

    • Hi Gabrielle – A dentist will be able to tell you what’s going on with that tooth. If your wisdom teeth were starting to come up, it may have made it harder to clean the back side of the teeth just in front of the wisdom teeth, and could have caused a cavity/damage to them. A dentist will be able to let you know for sure. Good luck!

  24. Hi Tom,
    My 7 year old daughter has two new teeth coming in on the bottom and I noticed yesterday that the tops of those two teeth seem to be a bit grey as well as slightly see through. She has never had any sort of injury to her mouth or her teeth. Is this normal or should I be concerned?

  25. My daughter (aged 5) became ill the day before yesterday with a cough and a fever which I have put down to a viral infection and am treating normally. Today she declared she had her first wobbly tooth and by the end of the day I have noticed that it is going dark grey. It’s very wobbly and only causing her a little discomfort when she drinks. I am wondering whether her illness could be down to a tooth infection or if it’s normal for a tooth to go black when so close to falling out?

  26. So my 7 month old got her first two teeth days apart (bottom centers) and about 1 week after breaking through she tried to crawl and fell into the corner of the wall. It looked as if she hit the side of her face but after waiting it out, there was no bruising or anything. Now about 2 1/2 weeks later the top of these two teeth were suddenly extremely dark gray (like a #2 pencil!). We took her to the doctor and they felt it was trauma. The very next day the gray has cleared up more and more hour after hour. What would cause this to be quick? I thought traumatized teeth didn’t necessarily turn white again for weeks or months?

  27. Hi Tom,

    I have a 5yr with hypocalcification on both of her bottom molars. Would it be best to treat them now or keep a close eye on them for several months? She has been seen by her dentist and was informed to treat them now better than later.

  28. Hi Tom,
    My toddler smashed his teeth into my nightstand long ago, then his tooth went gray for about 3-4 months, then back to normal. Now, over 6 months later, he has developed a cavity in that same tooth. Are these two often related or is this just our circumstance? By the way, I never had an x-ray done following his episode, I simply looked on the computer and figured that I would just allow his tooth to fall out naturally. I did not, however, think that he would end up with a cavity.
    Thank you for your help.
    Natalie

  29. hey doctor i am of 20 year old . and my front tooth is faint yellow in colour . the problem is from last 2 year . what will you say me to follow ? seameate s

  30. Tom
    My son is 8yrs old and has started wrestling. He always wears a mouth guard when competing but not always when practicing I have notice within the last few days his top front tooth is turning a blue color. Could have tramatized this tooth during a practice?

  31. thanks for the info… my 5yr old fell on the curb of the sidewalk and had a big bruise on her upper gum, it went away but over time her front tooth has become slightly gray, as this is her baby tooth dentist said to just keep an eye on it and her permanent tooth should be okay!

  32. Tom you are soooo cute!!! I loved your article and it was very informative. My 3 year old son is experiencing a grey tooth after a fall and we see the dentist tomorrow. I’m a nurse and researched everything and then called his pediatric dentist but just seeing your article was by far the best I have come across! Thank you so much!
    Single young thin attractive mom of one son ; ), lol!

    Mary

  33. Hi Tom,
    Thanks for your article. My three year old son did a faceplant about three weeks ago, and now his two front teeth are turning slightly gray. My question is, how long after does it take for it to turn the color it will be…..a month, two? Since we are three weeks out, just wondering how much more time before I know this will be the worst of it. Also, does the back look worse than the front sometimes? On the back of his tooth it’s way darker than the front, and I am concerned that it means his front will also get that way.
    Thank you!

    Kara

  34. Hi Tom

    My daughter is 10 months old. She fell from the bed and her face hit on
    Our floor( carpet). After a day of that I saw her two lower jaw teeth has changed colour.
    She is eating fine and she has been normal.
    Should I need to take her to the dentist? Would the colour be back to normal again? If so when?
    I am concerned. Your input is appreciated.

    You r doing a great Job in maintaining this blog.

    Awaiting your response .

    Thanks

    • Thought I would let you know my 3 year old’s teeth are going a very grey/red colour now almost a week after my original post. I’ve updated the photograph so people can see. Again, hope it helps.

    • Hi. I hope your daughter is doing ok now. When my son did what was essentially the same, his tooth stayed gray for maybe 5 or 6 months, then went back to the normal color. I hope this helps out. I hope that yo uhave the same luck. The only issue I ran into following his ‘event’ is that he got a cavity in that tooth. I am still unsure if this is related. I know I was not very concerned with flossing that gray tooth, considering that I assumed it would hurt, so I may be to blame…I hope not though.

      • Thanks Natalie. I have taken her to the dentist who said the teeth have died and the colour is unlikely to change but oddly enough it has. They are now more reddish than grey. As they are not causing her any issues, I too am going to leave them well alone.

    • Hooray, as of today, 3rd August 2012, her teeth are pretty much back to normal :) I’m glad that it seems the dentist was wrong. An updated photo is at the bottom of the piece about this on the blog. As you can see, almost white again :)

  35. Ummm… hello, i am twelve.
    last week or so, I noticed a rather strange light pinkish hue on one of my top molars.
    I am really scared and I am not sure if it is a cavity.
    I havn’t hit it on anything, I just noticed it, but it thankfully doesn’t hurt.

    Also, one of my bottom molars is squeaky clean and fine, but it hurts when i put pressure on it,
    like… chewing hard food like carrots.
    please reply!!!

  36. My 6 yr old had his two lower front teeth come in, and they were coming in from behind before the baby teeth were loose enough to fall out or pull. Luckily we last minute got them out before the new ones completely came in. But question is, right after they completely came in they were gray. They were never white..ever. I’m freaking out cause I don’t want all of his adult teeth to be this way. One even has a cream line through it. I don’t know if thats from hitting one of the baby teeth when coming in. But my real concern is the gray. He’s always had issues with his baby teeth easily getting gray stains on them. But this is definitely different. They came in like this. And are a few shades darker than all his other teeth.

  37. Hi. I posted this question many months ago, but never got any reply. Regardless, my son was startled in his sleep one night and in turn ended up throwing his head up and directly back down into a night stand. The tooth marks in that table are quite deep and his tooth went gray for a few months, then returned to a nearly normal color. However, now he has a cavity in that same tooth. I am not sure if the two are related but it seems likely…. if you consider that part of the root had probably been damaged where the current cavity lies. Is this a realistic theory? He will be 6 in about 6 months, so I am not inclined to do anything now, plus, the cavity is not uncomfortable for him. Any good advise would be appreciated. Thank you.

  38. hello….. i wnna info… about my front teeth…. in my childhood… i was fall on the floor.. and bleeding… m concern wd dentist …. aftr that m tooth is fine,, no any problm.. was seen before ,,, but,.. last year i hv excess pain in m tooth… and hot and cold things effect on m tooth and doctor… give me suggetion of root canal…. but… m not go though 4 this procedure…..at moment m pain was stop… no any effect by hot and cold meals….but…. in before 4 5 days… similarly ihv excess pain started… but one think gave me shoked i dont hv eny effect by hot and cold meal… i think m tooth area was swealing…. i cant laugh proply.. and i cant open m mouth proprly because of this pain.. plz tell m about.. this situtation….. thanx tom

  39. Hi Tom
    thanks for the information.
    My daughter had both her front teeth discolored. She is six and two permanent teeth have appeared. But she still has her baby teeth, altough most of them are shaky.
    Does this discoloration mean that her new permanent teeth can also be discolored. I have not witnessed any accidents or tooth trauma, although in the first school week she had a swollen lip and told me she bumped into another kid in the playground. I was not there, so I cannot estimate the kind of injury or bleeding she had.
    Thank you.
    Hanan

  40. I’m a 17 year old college student and I hit my front tooth one day while playing basketball on campus. The tooth was pulled down at first and bleeding but that night I accidently bit down on it and it got pushed back into place but became loose. Now it is 5 weeks later and there is barely any pain and it is barely loose but a few days ago I noticed my front tooth had a red or pinkish tint to it.

  41. My 3 year old granddaughter had trauma to one of her front teeth. It turned gray within about a week. The tooth has been x-rayed twice and so far nothing shows up according to her dentist. I am wondering if there is anything that can be done to conceal this cosmetically (other than a root canal)? I am curious as to why there are so many comments about this but no one has mentioned bonding. Is this an option? Thanks!

  42. my 6yr old boy has his new front teeth turning brown even though i brush for him to be sure it’s well done
    what can i do, thanks

  43. My 2 1/2 year old fell and hit her tooth. It started turning dark pretty quickly so I took her to the dentist. They took x-rays but could not tell if the tooth was infected so they told us to come back in 6 months, Well it seems like my little one’s tooth is getting lighter!! I thought I was just imagining it, but I went online to see if that was possible and am very excited to learn that it is!

  44. My daughter fell when she was 5, slid down a driveway on her face, her front teeth went from pink to gray. I took her immediately to dentist and all follow up apts/reg. cleaning,etc. He keeps saying to wait it out. Her gums were grey, even black for years. they are still a brownish purple color in spots over her front top and bottom teeth. The teeth on the bottom row is mostly just yellow but the top row has white spots, 1 on each tooth on all visible teeth and you can really see how porous the top ones are, eventhough through the years they seem to be looking less porous and almost as if the white spot is getting smaller and moving more towards the botton of her teeth(front top)…. She is 12 now…. Im nervous after reading your posts, do you have any suggestions on how we could correct this?

    • Hi Rebeca, It sounds like the accident she had as a child may have caused some damage to her developing permanent teeth. Over time, these spots where the tooth didn’t form properly may seem to get better because there is calcium in our saliva that can get incorporated into the teeth and help them heal. If it bothers her cosmetically, some tooth-colored filling material can be placed over the white spots to give her teeth a more natural look. I hope that helps. Thanks for your comment, Rebeca!

  45. Hello, my son will be 5 May 1st. His top tooth is loose, and there is slight redness at the gumline. He says it does not hurt, yet he is reluctant about me brushing in that area. He said he did not fall and that he was pushing the tooth…who knows. At any rate, I am concerned, of course. I can see that the back of the tooth appears red when I ask him to tip his head back. I believe this all happened earlier this week, which actually coincides when my husband said he had fallen off my bed from not paying attention to what he was doing. Any thoughts are greatly appreciated.

  46. Hi Tom
    My 3 year old daughter had a fall 2 weekas ago, I noticed 10 days after that the tooth started to get darker starting from near the gum and gradually getting darker over the next few days. We have a dentist appointment on wednesday and I’m wondering what to expect and I should ask the dentist about because I really don’t want her to have the tooth pulled but I don’t know what to ask to make sure they have done all proper tests firsts. Thank you for any advice you might be able to give, you’re article has given me a little hope but I’m still concerned.
    Stephanie

  47. Hi Tom –
    Thanks for this information. My daughter is almost 5 now but smacked her top front tooth on the coffee table when she was 2. Swollen gums and bleeding but tooth was ok, not even loose. About 18 months later the top half (starting at gum) turned pinkish and bleeds a little from the surface and gumline if she brushes too hard or eats an apple off the core. Tooth also slid up a little into the gum. Dentist has x-rayed and checked it multiple times and assures me it’s fine, just to watch for signs of any abscess or infection. Is this a common occurrence, for the tooth surface to bleed? We call it her ‘boo-boo tooth!’ Thank you.

  48. Hi my two year old daughter woke up about two weeks ago with a fat lip so we assumed it was a allergic reaction to something so we gave her benerdryl it went down a little when we looks in her mouth we seen a bump on gums that was purple so we took her to the ER and they didn’t have answers then we noticed her tooth looked grey and almost two weeks and bump on gums and grey tooth is still there should we take her to the dentist thanks

  49. I have a tooth that is badly discolored, yellow, since I was young. All my other teeth are fine but this one is so embarrassing. It is also very sensitive. I tried all kinds of whitening aids and nothing works. Can you tell me the best treatment? I just can’t take another person, usually kids, asking why my tooth is yellow.

  50. Hi There last month my 3 year old fell and bumped her front top tooth. It bled and was very sore for her through out the whole day she couldn’t eat anything because of how sore it was. The next day it felt better and I thought nothing of it. Now her tooth is completely grey and wiggly. I have no insurance so I really don’t want to go to the dentist unless I absolutely need to.

    My concern is that the adult tooth will grow in damaged. Can a tooth that is loose not fall out for a couple of years or will it fall out soon because its loose??

    Any information or advice will be greatly appreciated!!!

  51. Hi , my son had an accident a few weeks ago and knocked his 2 front teeth. They have now gone very dark grey. Is it possible to get these whitened ?

  52. Hi, About 3 weeks ago my 5yr old son tripped on the linoleum and bumped his face. His mouth bleed for just a minute or so but ha to pain later that night when we were brushing his teeth at bedtime. His routine dentist check and clean was 2 days later, I mentioned the incident at his check up but they said his x-rays looked fine, nothing abnormal, no cavities. Now his tooth is turning colors, looks to be a light grayish color up towards the gum line and the rest of the tooth looks yellowish. If there was damage would have showed at the x-ray? I was kind of disappointed in the visit because the assistant rushed through his cleaning. We are taught to brush are teeth for 2minutes and the cleaning lasted maybe a minute start to finish. Not sure if I should get this tooth checked out by his current dentist’s office or look for a new one first?

  53. Hello!

    My one-year old bumped his gums during a fall when about 10 months old (he did not have his top teeth yet when the fall occurred), but his top gums bled with the fall. Now his top 2 teeth are coming in and one of them has a yellowish streak (it looks like a vertical line) in the middle of the tooth. Do you think this will go away with time and brushing? Advice?

    Thanks!

  54. Hi.. My daughter will be 6 years old January 2014.. when she was a baby in her crawler stage she bumped the front of her teeth.. 1 tooth chiped on the side.. the tooth that was chiped turned slightly yellow.. Now at age 51/2 she started to get a gum abscess – she was on atibiotics and the abscess went away… and about a few months later returned – she was put on atibiotics again.. The dentist also x-rayed her and said that I should have two of her from teeth extracted.. I so don’t want to do this.. but he said if I don’t extract the teeth there would be a possibilty that her permanent teeth would be damaged.. Is the tooth nerve dead? and why would it be years later from the time she bumped her tooth that now the teeth have to be removed? Just so confused on what to do – I know she will be so distraught if i go on with the extraction..the dentist said I should not waite and did this right away… any advice?

  55. Hey there!,

    Just been reading your Info on darkened toddler teeth..I’m going through this waiting game with one of my twin
    girls who knock her tooth or gum on the coffee table 3 weeks ago.. Her Gum looked liked it was internally bleeding first… then her tooth went a greyish / brown colour but changes each day sometimes its grey and sometimes browner.. I have my fingers crossed it will lighten again, as she is only 3.5yrs old, It has lightened before after knocking the same tooth loose after a fall when she was around 18mths, but I’m really Hoping I have the same luck again, The tip of her tooth looks like its lightening a little..
    Does that sound familiar too you?

    I would appreciate any feedback, It looks as though its been a while since this thread was looked at..
    Thanks in advance!
    Jennifer (australia)

    • Hey Ieika,

      My Daughters tooth was quite grey after a fall, and it has since almost returned to a normal colour although its Off white and opaque looking, its only been 7 weeks since she fell, Im hoping it will lighten even more, but if it doesn’t Im quite ok with that… al least its not dark grey, I was really worried when it was!!

      hope that helps

      • Hey ! Yes thank you! i actually emailed you on your blog when it happened to my little one…
        hers is like an off white colour now, but not grey or black anymore! I actually loved your blog because it gave me hope haha!
        I wish I knew how to post a photo of my daughters tooth for you all to see the progress im really happy with it..

        Kind regards
        Jen

  56. Thanks Jennifer for your response. My son’s tooth is becoming more gray :( He fell 2 weeks ago and started turning grey after a week and it has gradually continue to change to a darker shade. I am hoping for it to go back as it is also broken in half. I see it and all I can remember is how much it must have hurt him. Does your daughter’s increased in grey shades and then decreased gradually? I am looking to have some hope ;) thanks and hope she continues to do well.

  57. Hey, I know exactly how you feel I was freaking out!! Her tooth wasn’t
    Cracked in half but it was a blunt blow and yes it gradually got very dark around 4
    Weeks after the fall it was at its darkest.. Then it started to lighten, hers was darker more one side
    Than the other so similar to a bruise… Like a dark grey colour

  58. I posted a comment about 18 months ago. My granddaughters tooth still remains extremely
    Dark but our pediatric dentist did finally agree to
    put a white filling on the front of it. It is still darker
    Than the other teeth but SO much better than before. I just
    Could not stand the thought if her going several years with what
    Looked like a rotten tooth in front! Also her little friends had started asking
    about it , which bothered her. It’s been almost 9 months since the filling and no issues at all.
    The procedure was quick and pain free and only cost $100. Best money ever spent!!!

  59. It’s great to hear feedback when you are posting on
    An old forum!!y other twin has recently fell and
    Badly hurt her mouth as well I’m really hoping I dodge
    A bullet and it doesn’t go grey but I’ve been giving her some arnica and hypericum
    For the trauma and bruising so we will see.. My kids need mouth guards!!

  60. Hey!

    I used A Homeopathic Bruising preparation called Arnica, with Hypericum for restoration of the nerve..

    My other twin fell quite severely on a sandstone paved area and badly bruised her tooth which 6 weeks later has returned to white again thank Goodness!!

    I also am using Hamamelis (witch hazel) as well for the bruising under the management and supervision of a qualified Homeopath of course ;)

    Jen

  61. Hello, my son Rio had his front tooth knocked out (not a baby tooth). We were able to get the tooth put back in and he has had a root canal. A year later the tooth is starting to has a slight grey tint to it and sees slightly smaller that his other front tooth. His only 10 years old and we really dont want a flipper … what can we do about color and or replacing it. Nothing hurts more than not being able to help your child. I wish it was me instead.
    Worried Dad

    • Hi Eugene – Many teeth that have root canals do end up discoloring. You can see this post for reasons root canals discolor teeth. Many times the tooth can be re-entered and a bleaching substance can be placed in the tooth for several days that will lighten the tooth and return it to its natural color. In the future, you could consider doing a crown on the tooth. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  62. My 5.5 year old son injured his front top teeth at school. They seemed a little browner at first, but are darkening. One tooth is sore and he is having trouble biting. The dentist said to wait and see. It was unclear from the comments: did anyone else’s child have pain or sensitivity with the darkening? And, if so, did it improve? Awake worrying about my little guy at 3 am on a Tuesday. Sigh.

    • Hi Jennifer – You sound like a normal mom! Did the teeth move at all? Normally, it is not recommended to provide any treatment in this instance unless the pain significantly worsens or he develops swelling or the tooth becomes mobile.

      If he is in a lot of pain, it would be a good idea to get back in touch with your child’s dentist. I hope that helps. Good luck!

  63. Thank you so much for your response! One of the front teeth definitely moved. It’s at a slight angle and there’s a new gap between the front teeth. The bite is not compromised. Two weeks later now it still hurts. I noticed one front tooth (the one that hurts him) has darkened. Mostly gray, but some pink tones. The gums look ok. Should I worry about the pink? He’s eating ok, but not using those front teeth to bite. Thanks again!

  64. Hi, I wanted to close the loop and let everyone know my son’s thooth became so mucho lighter I can no longer tell the difference in color. I just only hope the broken part will grow back ;) but in reality I am really happy with how much it has improved. Thanks a lot for this blog, all of your comments and the sharing of all of your experiences.

    • Thats fantastic news Leika!! what a relief… I love this forum hearing everyones experiences.. the other twin of one that fell and injured her front tooth went back to white as well!

  65. I’m so happy I stumbled upon this website!! I was freaking out. One of my 4 year old son’s front teeth is turning a light shade of gray. He did have an incident in which his mouth was hit, but now he will also randomly cry with his finger in his mouth pointing at it. Do they normally hurt as well? He has no other issues in his mouth and brushes his teeth 3 times a day. I don’t know if this is an inheritable trait, but his father and I have both never had any cavities (knock on wood, haha). Could there be something else going on that I need to make an appointment for?

  66. Hi all, my 2.5 year fell 2 weeks ago and damaged his two front teeth. There was a lot of blood, bruising of the gums both sides and swelling of his upper lip. I brought him to the dentist who said all seemed ok for his permanent teeth but that there is possibility both his front teeth will darken. thankfully, my little one didn’t cry too much when it happened but he has complained if it hurting him but the dentist gave us an antibiotic and his pain seems to have gone way. I am heartbroken that his teeth will discolour. I saw an earlier post about massaging the gums and putting arnica on it? Did I read this correctly? Can you put arnica on gums? Is there anything I can do to try limit the darkness? I’m really worried its gong to get very dark. I don’t mind if it’s only minor discolouration but as another post said- you don’t want them to look like they have a bad tooth so early in their little lives. Thanks all, would really love some advice

  67. Hey!! That was me! I didn’t massage Arnica… I consulted with a Homeopath who prepared some arnica Tabs together with Hypericum, They dissolve in the mouth.. If you can do this as soon as possible to achieve the best result.. The hypericum is too keep the nerve alive and the arnica for the bruising, I must say it helped a lot.. as you can see my daughter her photo before and after is located at this top of this thread. I think you will fin that even if the tooth goes dark, it will more than likely return to white on its own anyway.. massaging the gum helps too and brushing get the circulation there.. xx Hope that helps! Have faith! it will be ok! I know what your going through.. its horrible Jen

    • Hi Jen – thanks so much for replying to my post, I really appreciate it and will definitely look into getting the arnica tabs with hypericum. Fingers crossed all will be ok. I have been afraid to touch around his gum too much as they were so sore for him but that is easing off now so will start massaging the gum as you said,
      Great to find threads like this,

      Thanks again,
      Celine

  68. I came to this site hunting answers when my dd’s tooth suddenly turned grey. Two days later there was a hole on the back wall, open and bleeding. It turned out to be what the dentist called resorption. The adult teeth were coming in far ahead of schedule so the baby teeth were basically dissolving at the root. We pulled the one and a few weeks later it happened to three other neighboring teeth. No problems in the year since and her adult teeth appear fine.

  69. My dd had four pulled in all. I will look for pictures and send them soon. I took them of the pulled tooth and her mouth after the four were pulled. It was nuts!! But I so glad to had answers. :)

  70. Hello, I have two questions I hope you can help me with. My daughter bumped her tooth when she was 2.5, 1 year ago, and one of her top front teeth is now grey.

    1. Her dentist said her permanent tooth should come in normal color, but you posted that if this kind of damage occurs early, before the enamel has formed, the permanent tooth would also be grey. Are you saying this is always the case and her permanent tooth will also be discolored?

    2. Are there any good solutions to hide the discoloring until we wait and see what her permanent tooth will look like? E.g., caps for baby teeth, a whitening coat–anything that actually works without being invasive. I am bothered by people’s comments and worried that kids will be mean as she gets older.

    Thanks in advance for any help.

  71. Hi Tom,
    It’s great to read some info regarding discoloured baby teeth that I can actually understand! My son had a trauma 4 weeks ago and his one front baby tooth had to be pulled as it broke at the top of the root. His other front tooth started turning colour 2 weeks after the initial trauma. Our family dentist has referred us to a pediatric dentist that we will be seeing tomorrow! I’m hopeful after reading your article that the tooth will be healthy enough to keep as the first experience was very traumatic for us both! I would like your opinion though on root canal vs. pulling the tooth. Personally I feel that a root canal on a baby tooth is silly as it’s just going to come out on it’s own but…I’m no dentist so if you could explain the pro’s and con’s to me that would be great.
    Thanks!

  72. Thought you all would find this interesting! After my granddaughters accident we did have a white filling out on front to cover the darkness to some degree. The filling was perfect and never “popped off” as some dentists are worried about. She had the filling for about 18 months and recently lost the tooth (naturally). When we washed it for the tooth fairy it came completely white. It was the blood inside the tooth that had darkened it!!! Her dentist had X-rayed several times to ensure no damage to the root. Glad it’s over!!

  73. Thats really interesting wendy!!! if only we could wash inside the tooth too get rid of that old blood while it was still in .. Great update story!! x

  74. I stumbled on your website and wow, am I glad I did! Thank you for the time and effort you put into it. We live in a rural part of East Africa and it’s a 12 hour journey to a good dentist…I’m bookmarking your site. : ) May God bless you!

  75. My 6yr old son bumped his tooth 3-4months ago. after about 3weeks it started turning black. naturally, i assumed that since it was his milk tooth; it will fall out. rather few weeks back i realised that the tooth was chipping out in bits rather than coming out completely. To my surprise today, i noticed that he is growing a protuded tooth(infront) on the gum of the fractured tooth. Am worried because a. its not normal; b. he says it doesnt hurt at all. Pls dr. what do u advise.

  76. My 5 1/2 to fell two years ago into his front teeth. They were both grayish brown. One fell out about 8 months ago but the second has started to have a pinkish-red color coming down from the gum line. This tooth is only slightly loose now but not sore. There are no bumps on the gum or any signs of infection. We have followed them every 6 months with a dentist, but out next appointment isn’t until December. Is this something that we should have checked sooner?

  77. Hi my nearly 21-month-old just banged the left side of his jaw onto a table. There was no direct contact with teeth but there was a bit of blood in his mouth, not sure if from a tooth or biting. Is this the sort of trauma that can cause discolouration?

  78. My 4 year old daughter hit her front tooth on a jungle gym at school. We took her to the dentist after that and she said it was a waiting game to see what the tooth did. The gum receded a little on the front tooth and the tooth has now shaded to a light grey. At her 6 month appt, they did another x-ray to see how the tooth was doing. She saw a lot of gray area between the root and the permanent tooth and showed me the difference in the x-rays (between the one right after and 6 months later). She said even though it didn’t hurt her right now it looked like an infection and could develop into an abscess. She suggested removing the tooth. Does this seem normal for an infection to develop 6 months later all while my daughter has no symptoms? My husband is hesitant about having the tooth removed.

  79. Hi! I commented several months ago about my 5.5 year old who banged his top front teeth. We were told by one dentist to have them removed, but another told us we could watch and wait. Apparently it can take some time for an infection to develop. About a month after the injury we saw little white pustules high on his gum above one tooth. It had absessed. The dentist scheduled him for removal a few weeks later. One fell out in the meantime. The other was removed with no issues. Good luck to you all! I know how stressful this can be.

  80. Hey! I found your blog around 1 yr ago when my daughter fell on her front tooth quite badly.. and it reassured me then so much… so thank you! Your little girl is so grown up now! great too see her pearly smile

    many thanks Jen

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