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Greyish black mark on tooth

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Posted by: roach66  (9 years ago)
Hi checkdent!

Ive noticed a small darkish grey mark on the back of my bottom front right tooth.. its just a small spot but it wont go with brushing or mouthwash. I just had a checkup a month and a hlaf ago and I brush my teeth twice a day.. is it a serious problem?

Do I need to see a dentist or can I take care of this at home?

Thanks for the advice!
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Dear roach!

Such a spot is usually not harmless. If the spot is black and the edges sharply defined it is most likely tartar buildup. It is most commonly found in little fissures or cracks in the teeth.

If the mark is not clearly defined on the surface, then it could point towards dental plaque or some other type of tooth sediment.

However, if the mark stems from the innards of your tooth it could signify caries, or if the tooth has a filling, an amalgam discoloration of the tooth.

I suggest you have a quick visit to your dentist just to make sure it’s nothing serious!

All the best!
Liebe Grüße JB
Posted 9 years ago
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Posted by: stockholder  (9 years ago)
Hello Roach!

I had a deep staining around my tooth with a silver filling which looked like a decay. My dentist polished it and it became shinny again.
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Posted by: goldencrown  (9 years ago)

Teeth can suffer from discoloration but this does not necessarily mean a decay. However, the discoloration can develop into a decay if it's not taken cared of properly.