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Maida Smiles (W. London)

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Black Tooth Treatment

Save your tooth

Black teeth usually indicate a deeper dental problem beneath the surface. They can manifest in several types and forms, from black spots, patches, and pockets to an entirely black, dead tooth. 

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Do any of the below describe your black tooth?

  • Black spots or patches appearing on the tooth?
  • Black stains, lines or black tartar?
  • A cracked tooth or exposed dental filling?
  • Is the tooth turning black with no pain?

A black tooth often signals an internal problem with the tooth, where an infection might have spread to the root of the tooth, which might be accompanied by additional tooth sensitivity.

For any hope of saving your tooth, you’ll want a dentist to look at it soon, as a root canal might be your only viable option before an extraction is recommended.

The common cause of black teeth is usually advanced dental decay.

If it’s been a while since your last check-up, or dental clean causing plaque to build and harden into tartar, which can cause discolouration that appears black or brown, or creates black triangular pockets between teeth.

Therefore, tooth decay is often caused by bacterial plaque, which then results in cavities that might appear black to a breakdown of enamel. 

Alternatively, black teeth can also be caused by staining, smoking and overall poor overall oral hygiene. Strong pigments in certain foods and drinks can stain tooth enamel overtime, which might lead to teeth appearing darkened, which they can dull also with age. But smoking is a large cause of black or dark brown spots and stains on teeth.

Take our advice, black teeth should not be ignored.

Often, they indicate underlying dental problems that without treatment, will likely worsen overtime.

Untreated dental decay often leads to severe pain, infection, and eventual tooth loss, not to mention that black teeth can negatively impact your self-esteem and confidence. 

The best way to prevent black teeth is with regular dental check-ups to identify problems before they turn into big issues like black teeth.

However, we understand that visiting the dentist is not always at the top of your to do list, so it’s best to take action now to avoid even more problems that might lead to the tooth being extracted. 

Types of black teeth and recommended treatments

  • If your black teeth are caused by surface staining, these stains can often be easily removed with extended dental hygiene sessions, which include AirFlow to gently blast away surface stains. Tooth whitening might be required to remove stains completely, with prices beginning from £295.
  • If your teeth are black due to dental decay or when bacteria begin to erode the tooth enamel, we can typically treat problems presented like cavities with dental fillings or crowns to restore the tooth and improve its colour and shape.
  • If black teeth are triggered by intrinsic discolouration, changes within the tooth structure caused by medication or dental trauma, treatment will consist of cosmetic procedures like veneers or bonding to improve the appearance of the tooth.
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before and after veneers dr patel
Christina J
Christina J
23. March, 2023.
I've been receiving orthodontic treatment for about a year now with Dr. Ines and she's a wonderful mixture of highly skilled and professional, very thorough, and gentle in her approach. She is also super personable and I always look forward to my monthly appointments with her. She's made such a big improvement to my teeth and I'm very happy with my treatment so far -- I highly recommend Dr. Ines. I've also had other treatments with Maida Smiles and always had a great experience, especially with my wisdom teeth removal (by Dr. Pedro) that went very smoothly without any issues. The team's treatment coordinator/dentist nurse Cinthia is also always super kind and helpful if you have any questions or want to understand treatments.
Angelica Sacrepaye
Angelica Sacrepaye
15. March, 2023.
I had the lovely Dr Shankar for a 4 month Invisalign treatment. I mainly had overcrowding that needed sorting out after having had braces as a teenager and not wearing my retainer. Dr Shankar was delightful and has a lovely energy about him that made me feel very comfortable throughout the whole process. He explained processes well and also gave good advice to help me make informed decisions. I would highly highly recommend him to anyone in the Maida Vale area!
George Batchkala
George Batchkala
14. March, 2023.
I had 2 wisdom teeth (on the same side) removed by Dr Pedro. I had a much better experience than I expected. One month later, I have completely recovered without any complications. Absolutely recommend!
André Tiago
André Tiago
3. March, 2023.
I was recommended to start my treatment at the clinic and I couldn't be more pleased. It has been 6 months since I put my braces on and I am being followed by Dr. Ines and Dr. Cíntia. I can already see great changes and can't wait for the final result. Excellent professionals. The whole environment is very calm which makes you comfortable. 100% recommend Maida Smiles Clinic.
Claudia Castellani
Claudia Castellani
3. March, 2023.
Following a friend’s recommendation, I brought my eldest daughter to Dr Ines do Carmo for orthodontic treatment. Ines has been brilliant throughout the treatment; she is incredibly passionate about her work and this is reflected in her skilled perfectionism and the amazing results she achieves for her patients. From the start, Ines’ warm and friendly manner succeeded in putting my apprehensive daughter at ease. She was also forthcoming and thorough in her explanations of the treatment, and happy to share her extensive knowledge. My daughter now has an even lovelier smile thanks to Ines. I highly recommend her and will be bringing my younger children to her for their orthodontic treatment.
Carla Parreira
Carla Parreira
3. March, 2023.
It was my first time in the clinic and I had a great experience. The staff is very friendly. Samantha was very helpful with booking the appointment and fast replied to my messages. I had an appointment with Dr. Ines do Carmo. She is lovely. She explained all the treatment and the best option for my case. Cintia was helping Dr. Ines with the appointment. Cintia is very friendly. Dr. Ines and Cintia took care of me and made me feel welcome during the consultation. I will continue my treatment in the clinic. I recommend the clinic and especially Dr. Ines do Carmo.
Maria Moreira
Maria Moreira
2. March, 2023.
It is my good fortune to have found Dra inês at Maida Smiles Clinic and to have her as my orthodontist. My complex orthodontic treatment, as an adult, defies all laws of physics, but Dra Inês has the most amazing professional expertise and compassion to help and change lives, and she is helping me massively. In each consultation, Dra Inês moves one-step forward to improve my bite, my oral health in general and my smile! I will be forever grateful to Dra Inês for her outstanding care, professionalism and support she provides in each visit, in such a caring and friendly way. I warmly recommend Dra Inês and Maida Smiles Clinic to anyone who os considering orthodontics.
Adrian de Haro
Adrian de Haro
1. March, 2023.
We were on a short trip to London and my wife's implant got loose. We called Maida Smiles and they immediately saw her. They kindly sorted the issue out and my wife was extremely satisfied with the kind, friendly and professional service. Thanks Dr Pedro.
Igor Zinatulin
Igor Zinatulin
26. February, 2023.
I can’t thank enough Dr Pedro Gutierres and Maida Smiles’ team for guiding me through a multiple teeth extraction operation I had at the clinic recently. I’m a very anxious patient and everyone at Maida Smiles went above and beyond to accommodate my questions, asks and concerns. The operation itself was painless and positively uneventful, healing was quick and after-care second to none. Never thought I’d say this to myself but I’m looking forward to my next dentist appointment at Maida Smiles.

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