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What is Discolored Teeth?

When a tooth fractures, the tissue inside may bleed, and bacteria can settle into the newly created space. This combination of bleeding and inflammation leads to tooth discoloration and decay. Though the discoloration itself is not harmful to your dog, it can be an indicator of a non-vital, or dead, tooth, which will need to be treated to alleviate pain and to prevent further complications.

Discolored teeth most commonly occur following trauma, which may result in a tooth fracture. When the tissue that makes up the tooth's pulp bleeds, it leads to discoloration that may change from pink to brown or gray over time. Bacteria in the tooth can cause pain and may spread an infection to the bone, which is why a discolored tooth should be promptly treated even if your dog is not showing symptoms.

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Symptoms of Discolored Teeth in Dogs

A discolored tooth is characterized by abnormal coloration, which can range from pink or purple to tan or gray. A dog with a discolored tooth may be asymptomatic or may show signs related to oral discomforts, such as drooling or reluctance to eat. Because dogs often do not show pain, it is important that you bring your dog to the veterinarian as soon as you notice discoloration in a tooth, even if your dog is asymptomatic.

Causes of Discolored Teeth in Dogs

When a tooth is fractured, whether because your dog was chewing too hard or because of blunt trauma, the tissue inside may be damaged. The initial pink coloration is an indication that the pulp is bleeding. There is a small possibility that this will resolve on its own, but typically the inflamed pulp restricts blood flow in the tooth, leading to purple, brown, or gray coloration. If untreated, this can lead to the death of the tooth and infection in the bone.

Diagnosis of Discolored Teeth in Dogs

Discolored teeth are typically detectable through a visual examination. Dental radiographs may help determine the source of the discoloration and viability of the root though they do not reliably show signs of disease in the tooth's pulp. Since a decaying tooth can lead to further complications or pain if left untreated, most veterinarians recommend treatment even if the diagnosis cannot be confirmed.

Treatment of Discolored Teeth in Dogs

There are two types of treatment for discolored teeth: endodontic therapy and surgical extraction.

Endodontic Therapy

Endodontic therapy, otherwise known as a root canal, involves removing the damaged pulpal tissue. Once the tooth has been cleaned and disinfected, it can be filled with material to prevent bacteria from re-entering the canal. This is a less invasive procedure than surgical extraction and allows the dog to keep the tooth, and it has a high rate of success. After the tooth has been refilled, it can be bleached to match the color of the other teeth for aesthetic purposes.

Surgical Extraction

In cases where a root canal is not an option, the tooth may be extracted entirely. This is not typically recommended, however, as a decayed tooth requires major surgery for full removal. The roots of a dog's teeth often go deep into the bone and may be located near nerves or major blood vessels, making surgery more complicated and more painful for the dog.

Recovery of Discolored Teeth in Dogs

Your dog should recover quickly from endodontic therapy though the healing process may take longer following a surgical extraction. As with any surgery, it's important to provide your dog with a quiet place to rest during this time and provide him or her with softened food. This both helps with any discomfort and prevents your dog from accidentally disrupting any sutures. If the veterinarian prescribed antibiotics following surgery, administer the full course according to instructions.

You may need to bring the dog back to the veterinarian's office for follow-up exams. Depending on the success of the endodontic therapy, X-rays may be needed to confirm that the canal is entirely filled and to ensure that the area around the tooth root is not deteriorating.

Though fractured teeth are common in dogs of all breeds and ages, it is possible to help prevent them. Exercise or train your dog every day, tiring him or her out and reducing the urge to chew. If your dog is a big chewer despite this, talk to the veterinarian about recommended toys that are easier on the teeth.

Discolored Teeth Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Two Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Overbite, short jaw

My Dog has the condition of the short jaw (overbite jaw). When she was 6 months old, the veterinarian had to wear the two lower fangs, because they started to hurt the palate. Everything was fine, we always monitor the mouth to prevent it from hurting. In this month we took her to her annual cleaning and the vet told us that there was a possibility that the fangs would begin to discolor, because she was in a state of dying. Today notice that the right fang is pink on the top. My fear is that by removing them, a fracture of the jaw may occur, since She is very active and playful. What would be your recommendation?

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German Shepherd and Siberian husky
4 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My dogs tooth is a little chipped on the bottom(I think from playing so hard) and it’s starting to turn like grey and the gums around it aren’t looking very good either, what should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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By the age three to five months we would normally expect the permanent incisors and canines to have erupted. After oral trauma which results in a tooth being chipped, it is possible that the tooth may die which could account for the change in colour; without examining Charlie’s mouth I cannot confirm that this is the case and would recommend that you visit your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side and to remove the tooth is necessary. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM http://veterinarynews.dvm360.com/tooth-eruption-and-exfoliation-dogs-and-cats

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Labrador Retriever
4 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Tooth Discoloration

My dog has a faint pink tooth and he does not show any signs of pain. I noticed this a week ago and my family thinks it is nothing and that dogs have strong teeth but I am worried he has pulpitis how do I know for sure without going to my veterinarian?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst dogs do have strong teeth, trauma from eating and chewing (as well as blunt trauma) may cause bleeding within the tooth giving it a pink appearance which changes to a greyish colour over time. If Jesse’s tooth is pink it would be best to visit your Veterinarian as the viability of the tooth needs to be established with an x-ray; based on the x-ray a decision on treatment will be made. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

What should I do? I can't afford to take my dog to the vet if it is not serious. Struggling with money issues.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Discolouration of teeth may be caused by infections, food, medication or internal health issues. You have a few options: try to brush Riley’s teeth regularly (don’t use human toothpaste as the sweetener xylitol is toxic to dogs) to remove the film of bacteria and any from his teeth, switch from wet food to dry food, buy chew toys or treats that are specifically designed for oral health. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Not soft diet? Where does a poor person go to get a tooth extracted if told by vet tooth is dead. How much foes it cost? Is root csnal chesper. Help with resl answer. How much?

See which veterinarian takes care credit program and also do a research in your state what programs they have that will help people that can't afford expensive treatments for pets. In California they have paws program and few more that will pay for treatment or at least help

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