Dr Minesh Patel - Facts about Tooth Discoloration


Dr Minesh Patel recently gained a Master’s Degree in Restorative and Aesthetic dentistry from the elite Manchester University. He gained the difficult to achieve merit pass and the highest achiever prize. Dr Minesh was also bestowed the highly prestigious award for the highest mark in a complex clinical case in the whole year. The entries comprised of 60 expert dentists throughout the world in the field of Restorative dentistry. This award was given by the dean of Manchester dental school. Here is Dr Minesh Patel advice about tooth discoloration, Speak to Dr Minesh Patel today about how your teeth discoloration problem can be addressed.

The underlying impact of a white smile — radiant health, happiness, warmth and invitation are part of the human condition. Beyond personal and social perceptions, an infectious smile makes you feel and be perceived as a winner. Social acceptance has created an ever increasing public demand for whiter teeth, considered to be one of the keys to an attractive smile. Where does this perception come from? White teeth are subconsciously associated with youth and beauty is more desirable. Today whiter, brighter, straighter, lighter teeth have become a standard. Dentists have had to create a special shade of “whiter than white” which even in the profession is known as “Hollywood white.”

Whitening to the Rescue

A child's baby teeth are generally whiter than the adult teeth that will follow. With age, adult teeth often become darker. Discoloured teeth cause impairment and psychological trauma. Attempts to whiten teeth as a result of tooth discoloration are old and date back centuries. Anything and everything from chewing gum to stylish dental restorative treatment has been utilized. Tooth whitening by bleaching is a successful, conservative, relatively inexpensive and safe alternative with few side effects, which for the most part are readily controllable.

Whitening of teeth can be achieved by either:

An external approach, where living teeth are bleached by direct contact to the tooth surface.
An internal approach, where discoloration is due to tissue death which will require root canal treatment
A third approach, which is a modification of both techniques, can be employed when bleaching vital and non-vital teeth in the same jaw together. This is called “inside/outside” bleaching.

Causes of Tooth Discoloration

Tooth discoloration may be described as intrinsic, extrinsic or a combination of both. It varies in appearance, cause, severity, position and bonding to the teeth. Intrinsic tooth discoloration is caused by changes in the structure of enamel or either during tooth formation or after eruption. Wear of teeth, thickening of dentin due to aging or as a consequence of pulp inflammation affect the light-transmitting properties of enamel and dentin, resulting in a gradual discoloration.

Aging results in changes in the mineral structure of the tooth; the enamel, the outer covering loses its beautiful and youthful translucency, becoming less porous; and the underlying dentin, which forms the body of the teeth thickens and becomes more yellow. Extrinsic staining mainly results from dietary factors and smoking; foods containing tannins such as red wine, coffee and tea can give rise to extrinsic stain. Carotenes, pigments in oranges and carrots, and tobacco use, whether it is smoking or chewing, also give rise to extrinsic stain.

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