We all know dark spots can be a problem on the teeth, sometimes indicating decay has begun. However, white spots occur fairly frequently as well. This type of discoloration can also indicate problems with the enamel and even be a sign of decay. If you have white spots on your teeth, you should have them evaluated by our dentist.
Causes of White Spots
The most common cause of white spots on the teeth is hypocalcification, or enamel hypoplasia. These spots are seen on teeth as soon as they emerge. The cause of the spots is related to how the tooth forms. Basically, during the tooth’s development, the enamel does not develop properly. This usually manifests as discoloration, which is often white but can also be yellow or even brown. The enamel is also sometimes thinner than it should be, or is malformed. If these symptoms are present, it’s best to have our dentist look at the teeth to see if they require special treatment.[pullquote]The cause of the spots is related to how the tooth forms.[/pullquote]
Exposure to too much fluoride while the teeth develop is another common cause of white spots. They can also be an indication of tooth decay. Again, a visit to the dental office is recommended to have the spots evaluated. Based on the cause of the white spots, our dentist will recommend an appropriate treatment.
Treatment for White Spots
Treatment for white spots on the teeth depends upon what caused them and how severe they are. In many cases, no treatment is necessary at all. Unless the spots are unattractive or cause you to feel self-conscious, you can leave them alone. If they do bother you, though, our dentist can offer treatment such as:
- White fillings where necessary
- Porcelain veneers
Unlike other types of discoloration, white spots are generally not treated with bleaching. Although bleaching will lighten the surrounding tooth, it will also lighten the white spots. It does not make them less visible. Bleaching is used if necessary in conjunction with microabrasion.
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