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Discoloured, dark front tooth – Dental Case Study

Dental patient Nathan had a discoloured, dark front tooth and was unsure what he could do about it. Seeking treatment from The Fono’s Dr Mariam Anwar, he’s now smiling brighter with a new composite veneer and valplast denture. We share the results in this dental case study.

The Fono Central Dental Patient Nathan had a fairly good dental history, usually attending the dentist once a year for a check-up and clean.

But a dark front tooth affected his smile, while another front tooth next to it had a root fracture and abscess that needed to be extracted.

Dr Mariam Anwar says anyone can get an abscess which is a pocket of puss that forms around the root of an infected tooth.

“An abscess cannot be treated on its own so to save the tooth, treatment from a dentist is needed,” she says.

“Unfortunately in Nathan’s case it was too late to save the tooth.”

He first sought treatment for his abscess by having a tooth extraction with another dentist.

He then came to see Mariam for a consultation about the dark front tooth.

“Patients are often unsure what they can do about a dark tooth and how to fill a gap,” she says.

“We went through options for the dark tooth, including a ceramic veneer or internal bleaching, and options to fill the gap, including an implant, a bridge, and a valplast partial denture.”

Nathan chose to do a composite veneer and a valplast denture, which is basically a tooth cap with a flexible plate.

In more technical terms, a composite veneer is when a resin is applied in layers to the tooth and sculpted directly in the mouth, while a valplast denture is made from a flexible plastic material which fits neatly into your mouth and is virtually invisible.

Mariam says the treatment was very successful and Nathan was overjoyed with the result.
“It was a great aesthetic result with a minimum of appointments and dental treatments required,” she says.

She adds that it’s best to see a dentist for advice if a tooth starts to go dark, particularly after a root canal treatment or the tooth has had a knock in an accident.

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If you have a dark tooth or an abscessed tooth, contact us today for a dental consultation. We aim to provide affordable, high quality dental and will work with you to develop a treatment plan for the best results within your budget.

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