Any tooth color which differs from the normal white to yellowish white is called as abnormal tooth color. With permanent teeth having slightly transparent enamel, having a slightly yellowish colored tooth is normal. The color of our teeth is determined by our gene, congenital diseases, oral hygiene, external factor and infections. Some of the known causes of abnormal tooth color are severe neonatal jaundice, taking antibiotic tetracycline before the age of 8, chromosomal defects such as dentinogenesis and amelogenesis and porphyria.
HOW IS ABNORMAL TOOTH COLOR DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of tooth discoloration by dentists can be done through: • Oral X RAYs • Thorough oral check up • Checking family and medical history
HOW IS ABNORMAL TOOTH COLOR TREATED?
Treatment options available in dentistry are: • Bondings • Usage of whitening agents • Veneers • Teeth whitening techniques
DID YOU KNOW?
This condition can also be caused by high fluoride content of the water in certain regions.