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What You Should Know About Gray Teeth

November 18, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drcapehart @ 7:40 pm
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The desire for a perfect white smile is widespread. However, not everyone is destined to have a bright grin their entire life. While some people have teeth that are naturally grayish, others may notice their pearly whites gradually turning gray over time. In fact, there are even some cases where only a single tooth will turn gray! Are you wondering why this happens? Read on to learn about the possible causes of gray teeth and how your cosmetic dentist can help.

What Causes Gray Teeth?

Let’s take a look at some possible causes for gray teeth:


Contrary to popular belief, teeth are not supposed to be naturally white. They come in a range of colors and shades! Dentinogenesis imperfecta is a rare genetic condition that affects tooth structure and appearance, causing discoloration. It can make the enamel appear blue-gray or yellow-brown. In some cases, it can even make the teeth weaker than average. If you think you might have this condition, schedule an appointment with your dentist to confirm a diagnosis.

Dental Restorations

Do you have fillings or dental crowns? The materials used for these restorations (i.e., dental amalgam, glass ionomer, acrylic, porcelain, and metal) can create the appearance of gray or blue teeth, mainly because of the metallic color showing through the enamel or porcelain surface. If your gray teeth are due to fillings, your dentist can refill the tooth in question with a white amalgam.

Dead Teeth

If one or more teeth have turned gray, it could be because they have died. The center of each tooth contains living pulp and nerves. When trauma or infection damages and kills them, the tooth turns dark pink, gray, or even black. If you suspect your teeth have died, you should make an appointment with your dentist right away. They might be able to save the tooth before it’s too late!


Tetracycline is an antibiotic that can cause underdeveloped teeth to turn gray. It’s the most probable cause for children under eight years old. It can also occur if the mother took tetracycline during pregnancy. Although these stains are permanent and won’t improve on their own, cosmetic dentistry services can help.

How Your Cosmetic Dentist Can Help

Are you tired of seeing gray teeth every time you look in the mirror? Here’s how your cosmetic dentist can help:

  • Teeth Whitening – Even though this treatment works best on yellowed teeth, it can still drastically improve the appearance of gray teeth. Of course, your results will depend heavily on the underlying cause and how dark your smile is.
  • Porcelain Veneers – If your teeth are a deep gray color, veneers may be the most ideal solution for you. These ultra-thin sheaths of dental-grade porcelain are cemented to the front surfaces of teeth, masking any imperfection from view.

You don’t have to live with a smile you don’t love. If you would like to improve your gray teeth, contact your cosmetic dentist, and ask about their services. They’ll help you achieve a grin you can confidently show off!

About the Practice

At Capehart Dental, we strive to make every patient as comfortable and stress-free as possible during every dental procedure. Our team will always go the extra mile to ensure you receive exceptional, high-quality treatment. If you’re struggling with gray teeth, don’t hesitate to contact us. We can determine the cause and explain your treatment options. To make an appointment, visit our website or call (972) 436-1325.

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