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Dr. William E. Virtue DDS, FIAOMT, NMD
I have been going to Dr. Virtue's dental office for many years after going to many other dentists in the area with no sucess. This practice is the TOTAL EXPERIENCE! From the time in walk in until you walk out you feel that not only are you in the best hands but that you are among experienced, caring friends. Not only do they care about their patients but about each other and it is apparent from the first visit. If you are looking for a dentist I strongly recommend Virtue Dental Care in Yadkinville. It is worth trying. Bet you can't just go one time!
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Piedmont NC area dentist discusses why your tooth is going gray
Tooth stains are not limited to brown or yellow discoloration. As you may know all too well, teeth can appear blueish, gray, or even green or black.

The cause of stains is seemingly as varied as the nature of these stains. Generally, stains are characterized as:
  • External or surface
  • Internal or intrinsic
The former discoloration is caused by what people generally think of as tooth stains. Teeth that are colored varying shades of yellow or brown are often caused by:
  • Foods and drink that stain, such as coffee, tea, and berries
  • Habits such as smoking
These substances affect the outer layer of the tooth and generally respond well to whitening.

Intrinsic stains affect the deeper structure of the tooth. Some yellow or brown stains are not considered surface discoloration. As you get older, the protective enamel covering naturally thins out. As enamel becomes thinner, more of the underlying, darker dentin begins to peek through. Dentin also becomes darker with age.

Gray teeth generally involve the inner structure of the tooth. Your tooth may have a gray hue due to trauma affecting the tooth’s nerves. In this case, only the tooth that sustained the traumatic event is affected. A tooth treated with root canal therapy may appear gray.

Grayish discoloration may be a sign that your dental work is old and worn and needs to be replaced. The underlying darker restoration often shows through and gray or black discoloration indicates associated decay.

However, one of the most common sources of gray stains is the excessive use of fluoride. Young children’s teeth may be especially susceptible to the blue-gray hue associated with too much fluoride. In fact, there is a name for this discoloration and surface irregularities: fluorosis.

A note on treatment

Since gray stains are usually deeper stains, Virtue Dental Care offers deep bleaching. Whitening products and treatments only restore your teeth to its natural color. These products may fail to achieve the results you desire, especially if you were born with gray-hued teeth.

Bleaching can get your teeth many shades whiter. Deep bleaching and Zoom! Whitening as performed safely by Dr. William Virtue contains higher concentrations of whitening agents than store-bought products and whiteners to lighten even the most stubborn stains.

Determining the best option for you starts with examining your teeth. Depending on the cause of your gray discoloration, alternative procedures such as beautiful porcelain crowns and veneers may be recommended. If patients in Piedmont NC have noticed a single tooth going gray, this is an indication that there has been some trauma isolated to the area. Restorative intervention may be required.

Schedule an appointment by calling 336-600-1179.
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