My Tooth Looks Black Under My Crown

“My tooth looks black under my crown.” It is a common complaint among our patients here. But what is the cause of it and how to fix it?

Porcelain Heat-Fused to a Metal

It is a type of dental crown and it may be the cause of your tooth looking black under the crown. When you have your natural tooth, the light can pass through. But with the crown’s metal, the light cannot pass through it causing the crown to look darker. It also restricts the light in the root.

Is it Possible to Get a Cavity Under Your Crown

Although your new crown will not wear away, you can get a cavity in the tooth where the crown is attached to. If this is the reason your tooth looks black, then it has to be treated right away.

The best way to address this problem is to visit your dentist. He will examine the health of your crown first before recommending replacing it.

Make sure, though, that your dentist is an expert in creating a perfect crown. A porcelain crown is the most ideal solution as it can simulate the translucent look of a natural tooth. Light can pass through it naturally.

You should visit a dentist who can construct a dental crown to perfection to make sure that your gum tissues remain healthy. But before replacing your crown, your dentist will ensure that your gum tissue is healthy. Then, you may choose to have solid porcelain material, rather than a metal framework.

Your dentist may suggest replacing your old crowns with porcelain. They are natural-looking and people will not notice that you are wearing one.

Gum Recession

It is another reason your tooth looks black under your crown. Periodontal disease and shifting teeth could lead to gum recession.

Needing a Crown

If your dentist thinks that you might need a new crown, then do not panic. Our dentists quickly replace your crown, depending on your situation.

You may avail of a same-day crown. But our dentists will first assess your situation if you are qualified to have your crown replaced the same day.

You may choose to have your dental crown to be entirely made of porcelain. It will look natural and it is also strong.

In that case, you are not sacrificing strength with a crown that has no metal in it. With an all-ceramic crown, there is no chance of darkening showing along your gums. When you choose this replacement, you will look younger and your teeth look healthier.

Take Care of Your Dental Crown

To avoid your tooth from looking black under your crown, you must practice excellent oral hygiene. Keep in mind that your tooth is still prone to decay. If you do not brush or clean your teeth as recommended, then your tooth will likely to decay and cause it to darken.

You should visit your dentist immediately. Do not wait for your tooth to be seriously decayed before going to your dentist. If that happens, you will lose it permanently.

Visit Manhattan Beach Dental Center or call us to book an appointment.

About James Kline DDS

My name is Dr. James Kline, and it has been my pleasure to serve the South Bay for 38 years in the same location at Manhattan Beach Dental Center. A California native, I received my pre-dental education at Pasadena Nazarene College. At the age of 21, I started Dental School at the University of Southern California where I was graduated in 1973. As a result of their excellent training, I am very comfortable performing more involved procedures like Root Canal Therapy and Oral Surgery such as Wisdom Tooth Extractions. Continuous training allows me to provide Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry. For your convenience, I have a Dental Laboratory on the premises. This allows me to work closely with the Dental Technician to fabricate the most functional and esthetic Partials and Dentures. I am also able to accommodate emergency Denture Repairs on the spot.As your General Dentist, I care about your dental conditions as it relates to your overall health and well being. Your comfort during dental procedures is my highest concern. I work at your pace and offer free Nitrous Oxide Gas. I remain committed to giving you a healthy and attractive smile with honest and conservative treatment while developing a long term relationship.My hobbies include traveling, fishing, Texas Hold’em, Swimming, and Singing. My passion is Barbershop Quartet Singing which I started at age twelve. It has allowed me to perform in concerts around the world for 40 years. Ultimately my Quartet won the coveted International Barbershop Quartet Championship in 2004. I have two children, both married, and a beautiful baby granddaughter. I have been blessed to serve this community and look forward to doing so for many years to come. I enjoy coming to the office everyday and I’m encouraged the company of my wonderful staff and patients. I look forward to meeting you. At our office, we have a relaxed atmosphere. There’s a open reception area that allows me meet, greet and answer any questions that our clients may have. We have a great play area for kids and many of our adult patients have a great time in our waiting room. On any given day, a spontaneous “party” can happen in the front area while serious dentistry is getting performed. We take pride in getting to know our patients and making them feel comfortable, like family, and not just an anonymous face off the street. This is what sets us apart from any other practice in the area.
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