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What is the cause for upper row center teeth to turn into black color ?

Hai I am Manju,my son 5years old now his upper row center teeth becomes black color. what is the reason
Asked On : Sat, 4 Jun 2011
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Dentist 's  Response
Hi there,

Thanks for writing your query,

Discoloration of the upper teeth in small childrens is indicative of bacterial decay process also known as RAMPANT caries.

such teeth can be treated in two ways depending on the severity of the decay.

iF the decay involves the pulp tissues it needs to be treated by root canal treatment.
or just removal of carious part & cement filling will suffice.

Take good care of child's oral hygiene. Avoid sweet food items specially in the evening.
avoid chocolates and sweetening agents, brush twice a day.

i hope this helps ,

take care.
Answered: Fri, 10 May 2013
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Dentist Dr. Geoffrey Ward's  Response
Hello and thank you for your question.

Blackening of teeth is most likely caused by dental caries. The decay is caused by improper oral hygiene, a diet high in sugar and/or putting your child to bed with any fluids other than water. A child should only go to bed with a bottle of water if a bottle is necessary.

The other possibility for teeth turning black is dental trauma. The blackness could be pigmentation from necrotic nerve tissue and blood that has leached into the tooth infrastructure. This can be addressed by RCT and internal bleaching. Since this is a baby tooth and he is five years old, I would not recommend internal bleaching since the tooth will be shed within the next couple of years. However, if it is caries I recommend getting him into the dentist for proper evaluation and care sooner than later. These caries can lead to more aggressive and painful infections.

Best regards and good health.

Dr. Ward

Answered: Thu, 11 Oct 2012
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Dentist Dr. Udaykumar Bondre's  Response
Hello Mrs Manju & welcome,

Total Black discoloration of teeth of child may be due trauma to the same teeth which is usually common in children with protruded teeth.

If black colour is localised or if there is just a black spot on teeth then it is due to decaying of the teeth.
First diagnosis is to be done if it is due to trauma or decaying.
In first case patient will have to undergo root canal treatment.
In second case just removal of carious part & cement filling will suffice.
Take good care of child's oral hygiene. Avoid sweet food items specially in the evening.
Even child eats any sweet things, make him habitual of cleaning his teeth immediately after eating. This will help to keep caries away.

Take care
Answered: Thu, 11 Oct 2012
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Dentist Dr. Neha Sumra's  Response
Welcome to HCM
I would like to tell you that your child is getting decay in his teeth,clinically known as Dental Caries.Its very commonly seen in children & occurs because of:-
-excessive sugar intake
-having more sticky food
-poor oral hygiene
-taking milk while sleeping
Its not a major problem.You need to consult your dentist & get it properly diagnosed.If there is no pain then go for restoration otherwise if pulp is involved then puplectomy is preffered.
For prevention of further problem develop his habit of brushing twice daily.
Keep his toothpaste separate like kidodent as it has low sugar & high fluoride.
Don't delay his treatment & consult your dentist as earliest.

Take Care
Answered: Thu, 11 Oct 2012
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Dentist Dr. Shefali Gupta's  Response
Hi ,
Thanks for asking query ,
Tooth discoloration in children may be due to many reasons like-
Dental caries
Pulpal degeneration due to trauma.
I suggest you to visit your dentist and get it checked clinically and radio graphically .
It can be corrected in two ways depending upon the severity - either by root canal treatment, tooth filling .
Maintain oral hygiene , prevent food retention.
Hope this will help you.
Answered: Fri, 10 May 2013
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Dentist Dr. Yogesh Tripathi's  Response
hello manju
what you say indicates that your son is having carious teeth
now what i would suggest is that you pay a visit to your dentist who may do the following
1.if the lesion is small than a filling
2.if pulp is near exposure than indirect pulp capping
3.if pulp has just exposed then direct pulp capping
now having done that what i would suggest that you make your child maintain good oral hygiene by following ways
1.encourage him to brush his teeth after dinner before going to sleep
2.things containing sugar are not to be totally discouraged , only let him drink water every time he eats such things because clearance is the best way to avoid further carries
3.also you can make him do luke warm saline rinse after he takes sweets
hope this helps
Answered: Sun, 4 Aug 2013
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Dentist Dr. Gunjan Gupta's  Response
Hello Mrs. Manju,

Thanks for writing your query.

Black discolouration of teeth in children may be because of trauma teeth which will lead to pulp tissue and teeth discolouration results,in this case root canal treatment should be done.

One more thing can be there,because of caries teeth could be grossly decayed and appeared black ,in this case restoration is the treatment of choice.

So i would suggest you visit a pedodontist in your area and get the thorough clinical check up done and take a symptomatic treatment done.

Hope this will be helpful.

Take care.

Dr. Gunjan Gupta
Answered: Wed, 8 May 2013
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Dentist Dr. Bindiya Bhaskar's  Response
Hi manju,
Thanks for writing to us.
Black coloured front milk teeth may be due to-
Dental caries which is arrested in nature.
Traumatised injury to the tooth which makes the tooth non-vital.
I would advice you to get a clinical evaluation of your son's teeth by a dentist.
Tooth has to be restored/root canal treated depending on the pulpal or periapical infection involved.
Brush and floss your teeth daily.
Maintain oral hygiene well.
Use fluoridated toothpaste to reduce the risk of caries.
Take care.
Answered: Wed, 8 May 2013
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Dentist Dr. Inderpreet Singh's  Response
most common reason is dental caries, caused due to excessive sticky carbohydrate intake , faulty use of milk bottles etc. in about 2-3 years new set of teeth will appear so you may wait for them to erupt. for esthetic purpose you may get tooth colored restorations for your child
Answered: Sat, 13 Oct 2012
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Dentist, Endodontics Dr. Saket Gaurav's  Response
Hello Manju,
The blackening of the teeth is actually Dental caries, which is caused because of many reasons, excessive intake of sugar, improper oral hygiene, usually in the kids its because they sleep while/ after consuming milk with sugar at night. Most of the times we don't take take of kids teeth but it is most important to take care for many reasons most important ones are that the permanent tooth at that particular area also gets affected directly or indirectly if the milk tooth is damaged.
Nothing to worry about, consult your dentist, restorations can be easily done, if there is no pain and if pain is present then also treatment known as pulpectomy can be done if required.
Always remember "Precaution is better than cure...".
Make it a point that not only your kid but everyone at home brush their teeth twice daily, n kids should use a special toothpaste which is specifically for kids, for small kids parents should help/assist child while brushing.

take care.
Answered: Thu, 22 Mar 2012
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Dentist, Periodontics Dr. Saumya Khanna's  Response
Hi, the condition is decay/ cavities thats totally treatable, you need to get filling done in these teeth to prevent harm to erupting permanant teeth. Also make your child brush twice daily and make him rinse his mouth with water after every meal to prevent further decay.
take care
Answered: Fri, 12 Oct 2012
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Dentist Dr. Qazi Ammara's  Response

Thanks for asking the query,

Discolouration of teeth in 5 year old child occurs due to dental caries.
I would suggest you to take your child to the Dentist and get the checkup done if the caries are involving the pulpal tissue root canal treatment has to be performed.
If superficial surface is involved if can be removed and filling can be done.
Maintain a good oral hygiene of your child.
Develop him the habit of brushing teeth twice daily.

Hope this helps out,

Answered: Sun, 4 Aug 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement Dr. Saurabh Gupta's  Response
Feb 2014
This black colour discolouration is indicative of rampant caries.
Reasons are:-
Frequent consumption of liquids and foods containing non-milk extrinsic sugars.
Toothbrush instruction.
Fissure sealant placement on first permanent molars as they erupt. Restoration/extraction.
Answered: Sun, 4 Aug 2013
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General & Family Physician Dr. Shainaz Arif Kaware's  Response
Hello manju;
welcome to HealthcareMagic
The blackening of teeth may be sign of dental caries and at age of 5 yrs due to excess intake of sweets;chocolate and poor oral hygiene the teeth get decayed and fall as they are deciduous teeth and are bound to fall.He will also follow the same process that the deciduous teeth will fall and permanent teeth will replace them and with growing years your son will learn from you good oral care and he will be fine.
Answered: Sat, 4 Jun 2011
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  User's Response
hi manju
overuse of choclates or deficiency of calcium and flouride is the main reason behind blackening of teeth
this are the temporary teeth so need not to worry at all, his permanent teeth will grow normally
start calc flour 6x 1oz 3-3-3 and hecklalava powder for oral massage of teeth and gums

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Answered: Sat, 4 Jun 2011
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