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If you fall down and land on your tooth, are hit, or experience some other form of trauma, you could experience tooth discoloration. While you might think discoloration only refers to yellowing teeth, trauma could actually lead to blackened teeth. Fortunately, if you do experience this type of trauma, there could be several things you may be able to do.

You see, your teeth can actually bleed internally like other parts of your body can. Blood can leak through your nerves and discolor the pulp of a damaged tooth. This bleeding can actually continue for months if the issue isn’t addressed. However, even if your teeth turn black, your tooth isn’t necessarily dead. In fact, our dentist could recommend root canal therapy to save your tooth.

Tooth discoloration tends to be more common in children than adults. As you may know, toddlers tend to fall, especially while they’re learning to walk. This means your child has more opportunities to hurt their teeth because of falling. However, unlike adults, if a child’s tooth changes color because of trauma, it should heal in a few days. If it doesn’t, please contact our team right away.

If you’d like to learn more about dealing with this type of discoloration, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 916.784.1700. Dr. Wong and our team will be happy to answer any questions you have and offer you specific advice. We’re eager to hear from you soon.