Black Teeth

Is it serious and what should I do?

Black Teeth: Causes, Types and Treatment

Is one tooth suddenly dark? Or several teeth appearing black in colour? Is the discolouration accompanied by pain? Discolouration and black teeth is usually the first sign of a dying tooth, but it can also be a sign of decay, cavities or just simple staining. Book an immediate appointment with our dentists in Liverpool Street to better understand the extent of your problem and what can be done to fix it. Book appointment.

Can black teeth be saved? Black tooth treatments

We can help all cases of black teeth, whether it’s black lines on teeth, black staining, black pockets between teeth, or a dead black tooth. Explore the treatments below, each prescribed to target each issue:

  • Black lines: Treated with composite bonding.
  • Black dead tooth: Possibly treated with tooth whitening.
  • Decayed teeth: Removal of the decayed portion of the tooth with a root canal.
  • Advanced decay: Recover the tooth with a dental crown or, in worst-case scenarios, a tooth extraction.
  • Discoloured teeth: A dental veneer is ideal for hiding and concealing discolouration.

Costs to fix blackened teeth

The cost to fix a chipped tooth will depend on the treatment selected, so we’ve broken down each solution and their costs:

*Dental insurance accepted. Payment plans are possible.

Is a black tooth, an emergency? The answer is sometimes. It’s best to start with a dental check-up for us to assess the reason why your tooth has turned black. Check-ups cost from £95.

Is a black tooth serious?

When not caused by staining, a black tooth is a warning sign that decay is overtaking your tooth and rotting from the inside out. It’s important to involve a dental professional as early as possible so every effort can be made to save your tooth and help prevent it from requiring extraction. The most serious cases of black tooth can be fixed with the right treatment, but treatment must be sought before the point of no return is reached. Ignoring the problem will only make the decomposition get worse, making your tooth weak, brittle and likely to break apart.

What causes your teeth to turn black?

The underlying cause of black teeth always seems to point back to dental decay.

Underlying decay and cavities start off as black spots, but in other instances, certain foods and drinks can leave behind a black pigment causing the teeth to discolour.

So, if it’s an external staining issue, the problem is easily fixed. When it comes to an internal problem, we’ll have to treat the decay first and likely provide you with a cosmetic solution to conceal black teeth for good.

Types of black teeth

  • One black tooth usually indicates advanced decay, where an infection has spread to the pulp of your tooth, killing the nerves and causing it to turn black. A black tooth usually signifies that a tooth has died. A root canal or dental crown might be likely your best next step.
  • A black patch on the tooth usually points to a cavity or growing tooth decay. As the cavity forms due to plaque build-up, the tooth’s surface erodes, exposing the tooth’s enamel.
  • Black lines on teeth caused by a buildup of food debris cavities and poor oral hygiene can cause black lines to form on tooth fissures or at the top of the gum line. A good clean should get rid of this problem.
  • Black tartar on teeth – calculus a black substance on teeth, will not go away without professional assistance and deep hygiene cleans.
  • Back triangle teeth are caused by gum disease, where the gums have begun to recede, causing black pockets to form. Hygiene sessions and treatment with a periodontist should be able to prevent and treat this problem – alongside some cosmetic treatments to close the gaps.
  • Black stains on teeth from underlying decay or cavities can easily be treated with cleans and whitening.
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